Eastern Indonesia shaken by M7.6 earthquake

A strong earthquake has struck the eastern part of Indonesia. It initially triggered a tsunami warning which was lifted three hours later.

The magnitude 7.6 quake shook Maluku Province early Tuesday morning. The National Disaster Mitigation Agency says over a hundred houses and at least four schools were damaged, and one person was injured.

Officials say the quake was caused by Banda Sea subduction activity. It was followed by at least seven aftershocks with magnitudes ranging from 3.8 to 5.7.

The Indonesian government urged people to stay calm and continue their usual activities.

Earthquakes frequently strike Indonesia. In November, a magnitude 5.6 quake in West Java forced over 100,000 residents to evacuate their homes, and killed more than 600 people.