Strong earthquake hits Indonesia

A 6.6-magnitude earthquake struck off the Indonesian coast early today. Though residents ran out of their homes, tsunami warning was not issued however. According to the USGS,  the quake hit at a depth of 60 kilometres (40 miles) under the Molucca Sea, some 175 kilometres north northwest of the city of Ternate, There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties and Indonesia's geophysics agency did not issue a tsunami alert.

Indonesia is still reeling from a deadly tsunami at the end of December triggered by an erupting volcano in the middle of the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra islands that killed more than 400 people.