A strong 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of central Indonesia on Thursday, reports said, quoting US seismologists.
The earthquake, which hit 234 km (145 miles) south of Lombok, at a depth of 29 km (18 miles), also briefly startled tourists on the Indonesian resort island of Bali.
Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, national disaster management agency spokesperson, told Anadolu Agency that despite the strength of the shallow quake, it lacked the energy to generate a tsunami.
Strong quake strikes Indonesia, but no tsunami
“People panicked and those who were awake at dawn poured out of their houses,” he said, adding that four homes were severely damaged and 14 other buildings suffered minor damage.
U.S. Geological Survey said the epicenter of the quake was 33 km deep, about 124 km west-northwest of the Molucca islands. The NOOA Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said it saw no tsunami danger from the quake.
The quake triggered panic in Ternate, Hallmahera Barat town of Maluku province, and Bitung and Manado cities of North Sulawesi province, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman of national disaster management agency said.
The damages took place in Batang Dua sub-district, the nearest area with the quake epicentre, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman of national disaster management agency told Xinhua.