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Indonesia tsunami alert lifted

A powerful earthquake struck in the sea off eastern Indonesia, prompting officials to briefly trigger a tsunami warning.

The US Geological Survey said the 7.2 magnitude quake off Papua province was centred just 13 miles (20km) beneath the ocean floor.

It rattled the town of Tual on nearby Maluku island, said Fauzi, chief of the Indonesian meteorological and geophysics agency.

He added that there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

Located 1,800 miles (2,900km) east of the capital, Jakarta, it is closer to the northern Australian city of Darwin, which sits some 560 miles (900km) to the south.

Fauzi's agency lifted a tsunami warning 90 minutes after the earthquake struck, saying the threat of destructive waves had passed.

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