A magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck western Indonesia, killing many.
The offshore earthquake reportedly occurred on Friday, November 18, 2022, at a shallow depth about 212 kilometers (132 miles) southwest of the city of Bengkulu.
The Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System (IOTWMS) India said the earthquake could generate a tsunami impacting the Indian Ocean region “based on historical data and tsunami models.”
“IOTWMS-TSP INDIA will monitor the situation to determine if a tsunami has occurred and will issue further bulletins as information becomes available,” the email read the alert.
But his IOTWMS in Indonesia said on its website, “There is no tsunami threat.” The epicenter was offshore near the small island of Engano.
He was contacted by AFP and said the Bengkulu resident did not feel the tremor or felt it faintly.
Oddly enough, I felt nothing at all. I was still outside talking to my neighbors and they didn’t even know there was an earthquake,” Hendri Tasparillo, 34, told AFP.
Indonesia experiences frequent earthquakes because it is located in the Pacific “Fire Ring”, an arc of intense seismic activity that colliding tectonic plates extends from Japan through Southeast Asia and across the Pacific Basin. The 6.2-magnitude earthquake that struck Sulawesi last January killed more than 100 people and left thousands homeless.