A strong 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit off the remote Maluku islands in eastern Indonesia Thursday, US seismologists said, but no tsunami warning was issued.
The quake struck about 37 kilometres (23 miles) offshore northeast of Ambon in Maluku province at 8:46 am local time, at a depth of 29 kilometres, according to the US Geological Survey.
There were no immediate reports of casualties or major damage in the area, which has been rocked by strong quakes in the past.
"I was asleep with my family when suddenly the house started to shake," said an AFP reporter in Ambon.
"The quake was really strong. We ran from our house and saw the neighbours fleeing too. Everybody was panicking."