The North Maluku province in eastern Indonesia was jolted by an earthquake having a magnitude of 6.1 on April 6 at 1:37 a.m. Jakarta time. The epicentre of the quake has been traced at 122 km northwest of Jailolo in the province and the shallow of 10 km under sea bed. It was confirmed by Indonesia’s Meteorology and Geophysics Agency officer, Wahyu Kurniawan.
Wahyu Kurniawan added, “But, this quake was not potential for tsunami so that we did not issue a tsunami warning”. He said that the tremors of the quake were also felt in nearby province of North Sulawesi in the central part of Indonesia.
Later, an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.0, jolted 79 km, WNW of Sinabang, Indonesia, at 19:20:27 GMT on April 6, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The epicentre, with a depth of 35.0 km, was initially determined to be at 2.8254 degrees north latitude, and 95.753 degrees east longitude.
Indonesia lies in the so-called “Pacific Ring of Fire” zone and thus is exposed to frequent quakes.