An earthquake hits the sea off Indonesia, but the tsunami warning is lifted


JAKARTA (Reuters) – A massive earthquake struck the Indonesian islands of Sumatra and Java on Friday, triggering a two-hour tsunami warning that pushed coastal residents to flee to the heights and scare residents of the capital. Jakarta.

People gather in front of an office building after the earthquake that hit Jakarta, Indonesia on August 2, 2019, in this photo taken by Antara Foto. Antara Foto / Dwi Prasetya / via REUTERS

The United States Geological Survey established the epicenter of the Indian Ocean approximately 227 km from the city of Teluk Betung in Sumatra, with an initial magnitude of 7, which was subsequently reduced to 6.8.

There does not seem to have been any major damage or casualties, but strong shocks were felt in Jakarta, the capital, pushing people to run out of office buildings.

"It was so scary," said Gustiani Pratiwi, taking two children out of a building in Jakarta after feeling the strong earthquake.

Indonesia is located on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, which is frequently hit by earthquakes and sometimes by tsunamis.

The most devastating story in Indonesia's recent history occurred on December 26, 2004, when a magnitude 9.5 earthquake unleashed a massive tsunami that killed an estimated 226,000 people along the coastline of Indonesia. Indian Ocean, including more than 126,000 in Indonesia.

The Indonesian geophysical agency has issued a warning about potential waves of tsunami up to three meters (10 feet), but this provision was withdrawn once the expected risk.

Images from the television showed passengers at Jakarta International Airport rushing out of a terminal, but authorities later said that the airport was operating normally.

The earthquake was also felt in other cities such as Yogyakarta on the island of Java.

A video on social networks showed panicked guests rushing past a swimming pool at a hotel on the island of Java.

Last year, a tsunami hit the city of Palu, in the island of Sulawesi, causing thousands of deaths, while a crater collapsed on the Anak Krakatau volcano has caused a tsunami that killed at least 430 people in an area near the last earthquake.

Report by Ed Davies and Jessica Damiana; Edited by Clarence Fernandez and Andrew Cawthorne

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