A 6.9 magnitude earthquake, first estimated as a 7.1-m strength quake, hit Indonesia which initially triggered a tsunami alert that was later lifted.
Indonesian authorities lifted the tsunami warning issued after a strong earthquake struck late Sunday night in the Molucca Sea between North Sulawesi and the Maluku archipelago.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude 6.9 quake was centered 185 kilometers (115 miles) southeast of Manado at a depth of 24 kilometers (15 miles).
Residents of Ternate in the Maluku island chain described panic as the quake hit as tens of thousands of terrified people fled to higher ground fearing a major tsunami.
“I was getting ready to sleep when the window started rattling,” Budi Nurgianto told AFP. “It was very strong — I ran from my house and all my neighbors fled too.”
Hasyim Yusuf, the head of the Ternate disaster agency, said there were no reports of fatalities but that people were “traumatized” by the tremor.
An official from Indonesia’s geophysics agency, Ot Oral Sem Wilar, said he felt the tremor strongly from where he was holidaying in North Sulawesi. He said that “My friends in Manado said people who live along the coastal area are evacuating.”
This earthquake comes after two major quakes hit California this past week with a 7.1 magnitude earthquake following a 6.4 magnitude quake.
In 2004, an Indian Ocean tsunami was triggered by an earthquake that killed 226,000 people in 14 countries, including more than 120,000 in Indonesia.
The Biblical prophecies (Matthew 24, Luke 21) foretell that earthquakes will be a sign of the Last Days indicating the coming end of the age.
These are signs of the Last Days revealing its time to prepare for the nearing appearance of Jesus Christ by being born again spiritually into the Kingdom of God as Jesus said we must (John 3) and His Apostles (Matthew 16:19) who were authorized described how (Acts 2). Which brings peace and joy in the Holy Spirit in this life and eternal life in the world to come.
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