Thousands flee Indonesia's Java after strong quake and tsunami warning

43911.jpegA strong earthquake hit off Indonesia's main island of Java at 3am this morning, prompting the local authorities to briefly issue a tsunami warning and sending thousands of residents fleeing their homes in panic.

The tsunami warning was later lifted by Indonesia's earthquake agency, and there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage from the 6.7-magnitude quake, which struck about 300km off Cilacap on the south coast of Java, at a depth of 10km, TODAYonline reports.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii said that a destructive widespread tsunami threat doesn't exist based on historical earthquake and tsunami data.

Indonesia, the world's largest archipelago, is prone to seismic upheaval because of its location on the so-called Ring of Fire, an arc of volcanoes and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin.

A 9.1-magnitude quake with a subsequent tsunami on Dec. 26, 2004, killed more than 230,000 people in a dozen nations, nearly three-quarters of them in western Indonesia, according to


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