Indian Ocean tsunami warning: Indian Ocean tsunami warning after a magnitude 6.1 earthquake hits East Timor coast | world news

DILI: An earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale struck off the coast of East Timor on Friday, the US Geological Survey said, although there were no immediate reports of damage.
A tsunami advisory group said the earthquake “could potentially trigger a tsunami to hit the Indian Ocean area”.
The USGS said the earthquake occurred at a depth of 51.4 kilometers (32 miles) off the eastern tip of Timor Island, which is split between East Timor and Indonesia.
The Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System (IOTWMS) has issued the tsunami warning for the region.
An AFP journalist in the East Timor capital of Dili felt the earthquake, but said it was “very fast”.
“People just went on with their activities,” the journalist said.
East Timor and Indonesia are located on the Pacific Ocean’s “Ring of Fire,” an arc of intense seismicity stretching through Southeast Asia and across the Pacific Basin.
In February, an earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale killed a dozen people when it struck Indonesia’s North Sumatra.
In 2004, a magnitude 9.1 earthquake hit the coast of Sumatra, triggering a tsunami that killed 220,000 people across the region, including about 170,000 in Indonesia.
East Timor has a population of 1.3 million and is Southeast Asia’s youngest country, which recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of its independence from Indonesia.
The economy of the predominantly rural country has been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic, with the World Bank saying that 42 percent of the population lives below the poverty line.

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