6.8 magnitude quake strikes in Indonesia’s Banda Sea, no tsunami alert May 07, 2020 0 107 12345 AFPJakartaA 6.8 magnitude earthquake jolted a remote part of eastern Indonesia late Wednesday, the United States Geological Survey said, but there was no tsunami warning issued and no immediate reports of damage. The undersea quake struck at a depth of some 107 kilometres (66 miles) in the sea between Indonesia’s Maluku and East Timor at 22:50 local time (13:50 GMT).The epicentre was about 390 kilometres south of the city of Ambon in the archipelago’s Maluku province.“We have not received any reports of damages so far as a result of the quake. The result of our modeling also shows that the earthquake did not trigger any potential tsunami,” said Taufan Maulana, the spokesman of Indonesia’s weather and geophysics bureau.The bureau further reported that the tremors were strongly felt by people on nearby small islands, as well as those in some cities in Papua, the easternmost province of Indonesia.Researcher Fawwaz Rifasya told AFP that he was on the fourth floor of a hotel in Manokwari, Papua, when he felt the building swaying.Meanwhile, Andika Baskoro in Merauke, Papua, said that he noticed the quake after he saw hanging lamps and water in a gallon swaying.An AFP journalist in Dili, East Timor, roughly 400 kilometres away, reported feeling a slight tremor. Indonesia is one of the most disaster-prone nations on Earth. In 2018, a 7.5-magnitude quake and a subsequent tsunami in Palu on Sulawesi island left more than 4,300 people dead or missing. Pages 123 RELATED ARTICLES Indian aviation ministry website crashes in repatriation ‘panic’ May 07, 2020 0 885 Philippines caseload tops 10,000; hundred people join clinical trial May 07, 2020 0 401 Pompeo has no evidence about virus lab leak: China May 07, 2020 0 117 Singapore’s Covid-19 cases top 20,000 as pandemic batters business DPA Kuala Lumpur Singapore confirmed 788 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, taking the total to 20,198, the second-highest reported number in East Asia after China. The ministry stated that the “vast majority” of the .. No breach in COVID-19 tracking app, despite hacker warning: India New Delhi There has been no security breach in a COVID-19-tracking app that the Indian government has made a mandatory download for anyone stepping out of their homes to go to work, officials said on Wednesday. “No .. Top militant commander killed in Kashmir, mobile internet suspended DPA Srinagar, Kashmir A top militant commander was killed by security forces in India-administered Kashmir on Wednesday, police said. Riyaz Naikoo, 35, was commander of the Hizbul Mujahideen, one of the oldest .. Bangladesh starts remdesivir production for COVID-19 treatment DPA Dhaka Bangladesh has begun the production process for the anti-viral drug remdesivir, which is being closely watched as a possible effective treatment for COVID-19, pharmaceutical executives said on Wednesday. .. Notorious Indian bandit dies at 92, after stints in Bollywood, politics Mumbai A notorious bandit who spent years rampaging across central India’s impoverished badlands before trying his luck as a Bollywood actor and politician has died aged 92, police said Wednesday. Mohar Singh, once one .. China’s space test hits snag with capsule ‘anomaly’ A cargo capsule that was part of a key test in China’s space programme experienced an “anomaly” on Wednesday during its return trip, the space authority said. The cargo capsule was launched Tuesday aboard a new type of ..