5.8 magnitude quake jolts eastern Indonesia

Source: Xinhua| 2020-06-09 13:50:34|Editor: huaxia

JAKARTA, June 9 (Xinhua) -- An earthquake with a magnitude of revised 5.8 struck off Indonesia's eastern province of Maluku on Tuesday, the meteorology and geophysics agency said here.

The agency initially issued the quake at 6.0 Richter scale, official in charge at the agency Alfart Abubakar said.

The quake struck at 11:56 a.m. Jakarta time (0456 GMT) with the epicenter at 126 km southwest Buru district and the shallow at 10 km under sea bed, he told Xinhua via phone.

The quake did not potentially trigger a tsunami, the official said.

The intensity of the quake was felt at III to IV MMI (Modified Mercally Intensity) in Namole sub-district, III MMI in Piru of Seram Barat district and II to III MMI in Namlea of the district and II MMI in the provincial capital of Ambon, he said.

Over 100 houses were damaged when a 6.8-magnitude quake struck off nearby North Maluku province on June 4, national disaster management agency said.

Indonesia has been frequently stricken by earthquakes as it lies on a vulnerable quake-hit zone called "the Pacific Ring of Fire." Enditem