6.5-magnitude quake rocks eastern Indonesia

At least six people died and more than ten others were injured as a 6.5-magnitude quake struck off Indonesia’s eastern Maluku province on September 26.

A woman is injured during the quake (Photo: AFP/VNA)

A woman is injured during the quake (Photo: AFP/VNA)

According to Indonesia’s national disaster mitigation agency, the victims were buried under fallen buildings. The quake also damaged many buildings of universities, houses, a mosque, a church, bridges and roads on Maluku’s Ambon island.

The US Geological Survey said the quake struck about 37km northeast of Ambon at a depth of 29km.  

Indonesia's Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency said no tsunami warning was issued. However, local media reported that hundreds had evacuated to higher grounds.

Last year, a 7.5-magnitude quake and a subsequent tsunami in Palu on Sulawesi island killed more than 2,200 people, with another thousand declared missing.

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