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7.3 magnitude earthquake causes damage in Indonesia, 2 dead

A magnitude 7.3 earthquake was centered 166 kilometers (103 miles) southeast of Ternate, the capital of North Maluku province, at a depth of just 10 kilometers (6 miles) on Sunday in Maluku Island, located in eastern part of Indonesia. 2 people were killed in this disaster and hundreds of people fled to safe places. 

According to the American Earthquake Survey, this earthquake has arrived at six-thirty-eight minutes in northern Maluku province. Authorities said there was no tsunami risk from the quake, but many people ran to higher ground anyway. The agency is still assessing the level of destruction but said two bridges and about 58 homes in one village alone were damaged. North Maluku is one of Indonesia’s least populous provinces with a population of around 1 million.

Indonesia is home to more than 260 million people, due to its location along the Pacific “Ring Of Fire” is prone to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. A powerful Indian Ocean quake and tsunami in 2004 killed a total of 230,000 people in a dozen countries, most of them in Indonesia.

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