Indonesia issues tsunami alert after 6.6-magnitude quake

JAKARTA, July 26, 2007 (AFP) – Indonesian authorities issued a tsunami warning Thursday for the province of North Maluku after a 6.6-magnitude quake hit the area, a meteorology official said. The earthquake was centered 57 kilometres (35 miles) under the seabed some 234 kilometres northwest of the town of Ternate, the capital of North Maluku, said the official, who identified himself as Jabar. “Judging from the magnitude, there is a potential that a tsunami might develop,” he told AFP.