Tsunami warning issued as 7.5 magnitude earthquake rocks Flores

The Haitian government declared a state of emergency after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck the country Saturday, leaving at least 1,297 people dead and more than 5,700 injured. Photo: CNN. Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

JAKARTA, Dec 14, 2021, Jakarta Globe. A magnitude 7.5 earthquake was reported 95 kilometers north of Maumere, East Nusa Tenggara, at 10:13 a.m., the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency, or BMKG, said on Tuesday, Jakarta Globe reported.

BMKG initially said the quake might potentially trigger a tsunami but revised it a few minutes later, saying the earthquake did not trigger a tsunami. Still, the agency called for the locals to remain cautious about any aftershocks in the region.

BMKG reported it monitored the earthquake epicentrum at the coordinates of 7.59 south latitude, 122.26 east longitude, with a depth of 12 kilometers.

Maumere, Mbay, Ende Ruteng, and Larantuka all felt very strong shaking. Videos shared on social media showed people in Maumere running out to the streets.

Flores last suffered a devastating earthquake and tsunami on Dec 12, 1992. With a magnitude of 7.8 and a maximum Mercalli intensity of VIII (Severe), the disaster claimed at least 2,500 people near the island, including 1,490 at Maumere and 700 at Babi Island.

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