TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - A 5.6-magnitude earthquake jolted East Seram District in Maluku Province and Fakfak in West Papua Province on Sunday morning, the second quake occurring in Seram sea this month, the Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) said in a statement.
The quake's epicenter was located at 3.37 degree southern latitude and 131.49 degree eastern longitude, at a depth of 16 kilometers below sea level, 97 kilometers southwest of Fakfak, the agency said.
The shocks, according to the agency, caused panic among residents, but there were no reports on casualties or damages.
The BMKG's head of earthquake and Tsunami mitigation, Daryono, explained that the earthquake was triggered by seismic activities in an active fault of Central Taminabuan in Seram waters. "The fault might trigger quake with 7.4-magnitude, so we will closely monitor any seismic activities occurring at the active fault," he added.
On February 9, a 5.6-magnitude earthquake jolted East Seram District and damaged several buildings but there was no casualties.