Large earthquakes rock Indonesia, Western Australia
A massive earthquake has hit off the remote Maluku Islands in eastern Indonesia with panicked residents running into the streets.
The quake comes hours after Western Australia felt its strongest ever earthquake, which shook residents from Broome to as far south as Perth.
The Indonesian quake struck about 165 kilometres south-southwest of the town of Ternate in North Maluku province at 6:28pm local time, at a depth of 10 kilometres, according to the US Geological Survey.
“The earthquake was quite strong, sending residents to flee outside, they are panicking and many are now waiting on the roadside,” local disaster mitigation official Mansur, who like many Indonesians goes by one name, told AFP.