Is it true that there was an earthquake in Indonesia?

On Tuesday, December 14,2021, a powerful 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck off Indonesia's eastern coast, causing people in nearby cities to rush into the streets and seek higher ground.

According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the quake struck 112 kilometers (69 miles) north of Maumere on Indonesia's Flores Island.

One person was reported injured in the province of East Nusa Tenggara, but no deaths were reported.

According to the USGS, the earthquake affected up to 21 million people, with 347,000 people experiencing "moderate" tremors and 2,000 people experiencing "severe" tremors.

According to National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokeswoman Abdul Muhari, residents in the East Flores district were severely affected by the earthquake.

As a result of the quake, people were seen fleeing from buildings.

After the initial quake, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, based in the United States, warned that "dangerous tsunami waves are possible for coasts located within 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) of the earthquake epicenter."

Since then, the tsunami warning has been lifted.

People living near the beaches on Flores' northern side should be aware of future quakes and the possibility of a tsunami, according to Dwikorita Karnawati, the head of Indonesia's Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysical Agency.

"The earlier earthquake no longer has tsunami potential," Karnawati said, "but it's very likely there will be aftershocks, hopefully not as strong as before."

Indonesia is situated on the "Ring of Fire" in the Pacific Ocean, a swath of land prone to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

It stretches across the Pacific from Japan and Indonesia to California and South America on the other side, making it one of the world's most seismically active zones.

In December 1992, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake and tsunami struck Flores Island, killing nearly 2,000 people.

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