The 7.1 magnitude quake struck off the northeastern coast of Indonesia’s Sulawesi island on Sunday, prompting authorities to issue a tsunami warning.
The earthquake caused panic in the city of Ternate in the Maluku islands where people ran to higher ground.
The quake struck out at sea at a depth of 10 kilometres according to Indonesia’s geophysics agency.
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) put the magnitude at 6.9.
Indonesia sits on the Ring of Fire where about 90 percent of the world’s earthquakes occur.
There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.
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