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A powerful 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Flores Island in Indonesia, prompting authorities to issue a tsunami warning for parts of the world’s largest island country.

The Indonesian Agency for Meteorological, Climatological and Geophysics (BMKG) issued an early tsunami alert for the islands of Flores and Lembata, with communities being advised to "stay away from beaches and river banks” shortly after the quake was reported around 10:20 local time (03:20 GMT) on Tuesday.

BMKG initially reported the quake as a 7.5-magnitutude tremor, while the United States Geological Survey (USGS) put its magnitude at 7.6 and later downgraded it to 7.3 on the Richster scale.

The US-based Pacific Tsunami Warning System – which recorded the earthquake as a 7.6 – warned that hazardous tsunami waves were "possible for coasts located within 1000km of the earthquake epicenter." It added, however, that "no areas covered by this message appear to be immediately threatened."

The quake rattled the area some 112 kilometers (70 miles) north of Maumere, the second-largest town on Flores Island. It is home to some 85,000 people.

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A powerful 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Flores Island in Indonesia, prompting authorities to issue a tsunami warning for parts of the world’s largest island country.

The Indonesian Agency for Meteorological, Climatological and Geophysics (BMKG) issued an early tsunami alert for the islands of Flores and Lembata, with communities being advised to "stay away from beaches and river banks” shortly after the quake was reported around 10:20 local time (03:20 GMT) on Tuesday.

BMKG initially reported the quake as a 7.5-magnitutude tremor, while the United States Geological Survey (USGS) put its magnitude at 7.6 and later downgraded it to 7.3 on the Richster scale.

The US-based Pacific Tsunami Warning System – which recorded the earthquake as a 7.6 – warned that hazardous tsunami waves were "possible for coasts located within 1000km of the earthquake epicenter." It added, however, that "no areas covered by this message appear to be immediately threatened."

The quake rattled the area some 112 kilometers (70 miles) north of Maumere, the second-largest town on Flores Island. It is home to some 85,000 people.

DETAILS TO FOLLOW

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