Indonesia : One person has been found dead while hundreds have evacuated after a major 7.3 magnitude quake hit the remote Maluku islands in eastern Indonesia on Sunday, an official said.
The shallow quake struck about 165 km (100 miles) south-southwest of the town of Ternate in North Maluku province at 6:28 pm (0928 GMT), according to the US Geologicial Survey.
In South Halmahera district, the closest area to the epicenter, around 160 houses collapsed when the shallow earthquake struck. A woman was confirmed dead in the disaster.
“The victim was hit by the debris when her house collapsed,” local disaster mitigation agency official Ihksan Subur told the media, adding no other casualties have been reported.
Hundreds of people are still sheltering in several schools, government buildings and higher grounds.
“The aftershocks still happen very frequently so people are still traumatized and don’t dare to return home just yet,” Mr. Subur said.
Indonesian Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency said until Monday morning at least 52 aftershocks have been recorded after the initial quake.