8 quake hits off eastern Indonesia: USGS

Map locating the 6.8 magnitude earthquake in Indonesia on April 12

Map locating the 6.8 magnitude earthquake in Indonesia on April 12

Also, a tsunami warning has been issued after this natural disaster struck off the east coast of Sulawesi Island, Indonesia.

Some panicked residents of a quake-hit Indonesian island have refused to return home after the tremor triggered a brief tsunami warning and fears there was more to come, the disaster agency said on Saturday.

While one resident of quake-hit Luwuk city reportedly died after falling while trying to flee, the agency has not reported any confirmed deaths or injuries.

The geophysics agency lifted the warning around 40 minutes after it was imposed, it said on Twitter.

Authorities warn considerable damage to poorly built structures possible in Sulawesi from 6.8-magnitude quake.

Kompas identified the victim as Daeng Pasang, 66.

The tremors were also felt in Taliabu of North Maluku province, forcing local people to evacuate to safer areas, said Sutopo.

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

The force of last year's quake saw entire neighbourhoods levelled by liquefaction.

"There's a little bit of damage, but nothing significant and there are no casualties", he said. The World Bank has offered the country up to $1 billion in loans to get the city back on its feet.

Indonesia is one of the most disaster-prone nations on Earth due to its position straddling the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, where tectonic plates collide.

A tsunami alert had been sounded following the 6.8 magnitude quake in the region, which is still reeling in the aftermath from September's dual earthquakes and tsunami which claimed a staggering 4,340 lives.

In late 2018, a volcano in the middle of the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra islands erupted and unleashed a tsunami that killed more than 400 people.

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