The US Geological Survey (USGS) recorded a 5.5-magnitude earthquake off the northern coast of Seram Island (Maluku province) at approximately 15:36 (local time) on Saturday, February 8. The quake struck at a depth of 10 km (6 mi). No tsunami warnings were immediately issued.
Aftershocks are possible in the affected area over the coming hours and days.
Individuals in the affected area are advised to monitor the situation and prepare for potential aftershocks.
In the event of aftershocks, individuals are advised to protect themselves as much as possible from falling debris if indoors (e.g. under a table), move away from windows, and not attempt to leave a building unless there is an immediate danger. If outdoors, move away from tall buildings, utility wires, and streetlights.