An island suddenly emerged above sea level in the water in the Tanimbar Islands Regency, Maluku, following a devastatingly strong 7.5 magnitude earthquake on Tuesday morning, January 10 which originated 136 kilometers off the coast. The most plausible explanation concerning the island based on currently limited observation would be volcanic mud. The earthquake damaged at least 92 houses and two education facilities at the Tanimbar Islands Regency. the phenomenon triggered panic among the residents of Teinaman Village and led them to temporarily evacuate the village.
The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) said the tremor was felt on the eastern islands of Timor, the Maluku archipelago and Papua. It reported some aftershocks at a magnitude of 5.5. The strongest jolt was felt in Saumlaki, the archipelago’s biggest town with a population of 8,000 people. Indonesia experiences frequent seismic activity due to its position on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, where tectonic plates collide.