6.9 magnitude quake strikes Indonesia

2019-08-02 at 19:08

Indonesia’s authorities have urged people living near the coast to move to higher ground after a powerful earthquake off the island of Java.

Officials said the quake, put by US monitors at magnitude 6.9, risked generating a tsunami 3m high.

The quake struck at a depth of 52.8km at 19:03pm Indonesia time.

Tremors were felt in many cities, including the capital, Jakarta.

There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

Indonesia has a history of devastating earthquakes and tsunamis with more than 2,000 killed last September on the island of Sulawesi.