A tsunami alert has been issued following a magnitude 6.1 earthquake in the Indian Ocean. The epicenter was reported below the Pacific Ocean floor, however; no tsunami alert was issued.
The US Geological Survey said a magnitude 6.1 earthquake shook the region of East Timor on Friday (May 27, 2022), but no immediate reports of injuries were reported.
It is feared that the quake could have the potential to create a tsunami in the Indian Ocean.
The USGS said the quake struck at a depth of 51.4 kilometers (32 miles) off the eastern tip of the island of Timor, which is divided between East Timor and Indonesia.
The Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation Organization (IOTWMS) has issued a tsunami alert for the region. The epicenter was reported below the Pacific Ocean floor, however; no tsunami alert was issued.
East Timor and Indonesia sit on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, the epicenter of seismic activity across Southeast Asia and across the Pacific Ocean.
In February, a magnitude 6.2 earthquake shook the region of North Sumatra in Indonesia, killing at least a dozen people.
In 2004, a magnitude 9.1 earthquake off the coast of Sumatra triggered a tsunami that killed at least 220,000 people across Indonesia, including about 170,000.
East Timor has a population of 1.3 million.
Indonesia’s economy has been hit hard by the Govt-19 epidemic, with 42 percent of the population living below the poverty line, according to the World Bank.