Indonesia’s geophysics agency lifted a tsunami warning after a strong earthquake struck off the islands of Sumatra and Java.
The 6.9 magnitude quake struck offshore on Friday at a depth of 42 kilometers, some 150 km from Labuan, southwest of the capital Jakarta, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).
Panicked residents fled their homes and buildings as the quake hit, but there were no immediate reports of casualties.
Images from affected areas showed the walls of buildings cracked by the force of the quake, with bricks and other debris strewn on the ground.
The USGS initially put the quake’s magnitude at 6.8 before raising its intensity. Indonesia’s disaster agency pegged the quake at magnitude 7.4 and warned it could spark a tsunami.
It called on residents on the Banten coast to “immediately evacuate to higher ground”. The warning was lifted around three hours later.
There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties, but strong tremors were felt in the capital, Jakarta, prompting people to run from office buildings.
The quake could also be felt in other cities such as Yogyakarta on Java island.”It was so scary,” said Gustiani Pratiwi, who was carrying two children near an apartment block in Jakarta when she felt the quake strongly.
“When the quake hit I immediately ran outside with my family,” said Desi Nirmala, 28, who lives in Pandeglang district on the southwest edge of Java, close to the quake’s epicentre and a region hit by the late 2018 tsunami.
“We’re still traumatized by last year’s tsunami.”
Indonesia is situated on the Pacific Ring of Fire, which is frequently hit by earthquakes and sometimes accompanying tsunamis.
The most devastating in recent Indonesian history was on December 26 in 2004, when a magnitude 9.5 quake triggered a massive tsunami that killed around 226,000 people along the shorelines of the Indian Ocean, including more than 126,000 in Indonesia.
Last year, a tsunami hit the city of Palu in Sulawesi island, killing thousands, while a crater collapse at the Anak Krakatau volcano triggered a tsunami that killed at least 430 people in an area near the latest quake.
The Biblical prophecies (Matthew 24, Revelation 6) foretell that seismic activity as earthquakes will happen signaling the coming end of the age.
These are signs pointing to the nearing fulfillment of the Last Days prophecies at the end of this age revealing it’s time to prepare for the nearing appearance of Jesus Christ for His Church by being born again spiritually into the Kingdom of God as Jesus said we must (John 3) and His Apostles who were authorized (Matthew 16:19) described how (Acts 2).
Preparing those Biblically born again into the Kingdom of God to be ready to escape all these things that will come to pass, in the wrath of the tribulation of Revelation prophecy that comes upon the world of disobedience, as the born again Church is appointed instead to salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ.
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