This article has been reviewed according to Science X's editorial process and policies. Editors have highlighted the following attributes while ensuring the content's credibility:


reputable news agency


Earthquake slightly damages houses in southeastern Indonesia, but no casualties reported

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain

An earthquake slightly damaged houses and other buildings in southeastern Indonesia early Thursday, causing some panic but no apparent casualties.

The quake was strongly felt in several cities and villages and caused some to panic, said Daryono, who heads the Earthquake and Tsunami Center at Indonesia's Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysical Agency. It was based on land and had no risk of a tsunami.

"The quake has caused light damages in several buildings and houses," wrote Daryono, who goes by a single name, on the platform X.

Video circulating on social media showed residents in Kupang, the province's capital and largest city, reacting as and buildings swayed just after dawn. Some witnesses said ceilings at the governor's and mayor's offices were damaged.

The U.S. Geological Survey measured the strength at 6.1 magnitude and said the quake occurred 36 kilometers (22 miles) below the surface. The epicenter was 21 kilometers (13 miles) north-northeast of Kupang on the western side of Timor Island.

The Indonesian agency measured its strength at 6.3 magnitude. Variations in early measurements of quakes are common.

Indonesia is a seismically active archipelago of 270 million people where earthquakes, and tsunamis frequently occur.

A magnitude 5.6 earthquake last year killed at least 602 people in West Java's Cianjur city. It was the deadliest in Indonesia since a 2018 quake and tsunami in Sulawesi killed more than 4,300 people.

In 2004, an extremely powerful Indian Ocean set off a tsunami that killed more than 230,000 people in a dozen countries, most of them in Indonesia's Aceh province.

© 2023 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.

Citation: Earthquake slightly damages houses in southeastern Indonesia, but no casualties reported (2023, November 2) retrieved 28 February 2024 from
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.

Explore further

Strong earthquake shakes western Indonesia, no tsunami alert


Feedback to editors