MOLUCCA SEA (CBS SF) — A magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck the Molucca Sea region Tuesday afternoon.
The quake struck at a depth of 41km about 80-miles NW of Kota Ternate, Indonesia ashortly before 2:15 p.m. Pacific Time.READ MORE: 49ers Win Wild Card 23-17 as Time Runs Out for Cowboys in Frantic Finish
Deeper quakes are less noticeable while a shallow quake–in the 0 to 40 mile depth range–can feel much stronger than their actual reported magnitude. Quakes just below the earth’s surface, in the 0 to 10 miles range, can cause even more damage at lower magnitudes.
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Strong earthquakes with an epicenter off the coast can trigger tsunamis, depending on the size and type of the fault movement. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center tracks earthquake data for the West Coast.
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