Tsunami warning issued after earthquake off Indonesia

The government in Indonesia issued a tsunami alert on Wednesday after a strong undersea earthquake struck off the coast of the island of Sulawesi. Officials were forced to cancel the alert just after 1:30 p.m. local time. So far, no casualties or damage have been reported. Indonesia is prone to earthquakes due to its proximity to the seismic fault lines of the Pacific Ocean.

The US Geological Survey originally reported the quake had a magnitude of 7.4, but later revised the figure to 6.7. Earlier reports suggested the quake had a depth of 41 kilometers. A tsunami warning was issued but then canceled.

Although the Indonesian National Disaster Mitigation Agency later confirmed that no damage had been reported, an emergency siren system failed to warn people that there was an earthquake near the island. “We cannot be fully prepared for the Indonesian tropical sea. We would like to apologise to the people,” the agency’s head, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, told the BBC. “[Tsunami] sirens did not work during the tsunami wave. We don’t know why.”

According to CNN, the earthquake was one of the strongest that has rattled the country in decades.

Read the full story at Reuters.

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