A powerful earthquake has hit off the Indonesian coast in the Molucca Sea, creating the risk of tsunami in nearby areas.

The US Geological Survey reported the magnitude-7.1 earthquake, which struck early on Friday morning, was centred in the sea about 140 kilometres (86 miles) northwest of Ternate in North Maluku province.

Indonesia‘s Meteorology, Climate and Geophysics Agency issued a tsunami warning, urging people to stay away from the coastline.

The earthquake awakened residents in some cities in North Sulawesi and North Maluku provinces, causing some to run out in panic to higher places, Kompas TV reported.

Rahmat Triyono, a senior official at the agency, which put the earthquake’s depth at 73km (45 miles), said the warning was specially issued for the eastern part of

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