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JAKARTA, Indonesia - A powerful earthquake rocked eastern Indonesia on Thursday, sending residents fleeing from swaying homes and hospitals, authorities and witnesses said. There were no immediate reports of damage.
The quake, which had a preliminary magnitude of 7, triggered a tsunami warning but the alert was quickly lifted after it became clear no destructive waves had been generated, the country's geophysics agency said.
The quake’s epicenter was under the Maluku Sea at a depth of 20 miles, more than 130 miles north of Ternate city, the U.S. Geological Survey said on its Web site.