A powerful earthquake of magnitude 6 strikes off the coast of East Timor

Dili, East Timor – A 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of East Timor on Friday, according to the US Geological Survey, with tremors felt as far as Darwin, Australia, however no damage or deaths were immediately reported.

The quake struck at a depth of 51 kilometres off the eastern edge of Timor island, which is divided between East Timor and Indonesia, according to the USGS.

Although no damage or deaths were reported immediately, witnesses stated the quake was felt powerfully. People evacuating a Dili retail complex by stairs, according to a video published on social media.

The shocks were also felt in East Nusa Tenggara, a nearby province, and Timor Leste, a neighbouring country.

Locals in Darwin, Australia, more than 700 kilometres (435 miles) away, were affected by the earthquake, according to Australian media reports and residents’ social media posts.

The tremor struck roughly 29 kilometres east-southeast of Lospalos at a depth of 10 kilometres (6.21 miles), according to EMSC. The quake had a magnitude of 6.1 and was 50 kilometres deep, according to the USGS.

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