6.4-magnitude quake strikes off eastern Indonesia: USGS

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Jun 04 2020 07:22 PM

JAKARTA - A 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Indonesia's eastern Maluku islands Thursday, the United States Geological Survey said, but there was no tsunami warning issued or immediate reports of damage. 

The strong quake hit at a relatively deep 106 kilometers (65 miles), the USGS said. Its epicenter was about 135 kilometers north of Tobelo. 

Shallow quakes tend to cause more damage than deeper ones.

The Southeast Asian archipelago is one of the most disaster-prone nations on Earth.

In 2018, a 7.5-magnitude quake and a subsequent tsunami in Palu on Sulawesi island left more than 4,300 people dead or missing.