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The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) announced an early tsunami warning after an earthquake of magnitude 7.4 that shook the province of North Maluku on Thursday night, November 14, 2019 at 23:17 local time.

The epicenter was at sea, at coordinates 1.63 NU and 126.39 East 10 km deep, about 137 km northwest of Jaelolo, North Maluku.

A few minutes later, the BMKG updated the earthquake data to a magnitude of 7.1 at a depth of 73 km.

The earthquakes were felt by IV-V MMI in Bitung, IV-V MMI in Manado, III-IV MMI in Gorontalo, III-IV MMI in Ternate and II MMI in Buol.

Several areas, including Halmahera, Bitung and Ternate, are currently in a tsunami alert state with expected sea level elevations that reach around 0.5 meters.

People are encouraged to avoid areas around the coast and river mouths to avoid things that are undesirable.

Until this news was published, there was no information on the number of victims or damages that occurred due to the earthquake.

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