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A major 7.3-magnitude natural disaster hit the remote Maluku islands in eastern Indonesia today. There were no immediate reports of casualties, and authorities said there was no threat of a tsunami.

A magnitude 7.3 quake that struck the Moluccas islands in eastern Indonesia killed one person and caused panic among residents.

The initial quake and aftershocks were also felt in some parts of North Sulawesi province, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage there.

It caused panic in the city of Ternate, where people ran to higher ground.

An estimated 4,000 people were exposed to "very strong" effects from the natural disaster, according to Indonesia's Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency. "Some people who live near the ocean are starting to move to higher ground", he added.

Indonesia is prone to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions due to its location along the Pacific "Ring of Fire".

BMKG said Sunday's natural disaster produced at least seven aftershocks, each stronger than 5 magnitudes and the main quake was felt throughout cities in the Sulawesi and Papua islands.

Last week, the BMKG issued a tsunami warning, which was later lifted, after a magnitude 6.9 quake hit off the northeastern shore of Sulawesi, west of Sunday's quake.

The quake occurred almost 103 miles southeast of the provincial capital of Ternate and Subar added that several hundred people fled to shelter in government offices and mosques.

Indonesia's meteorology agency said that there is no tsunami potential from the quake.

With a population of around 1 million, North Maluku is one of Indonesia's least populous provinces.

The most devastating in recent Indonesian history was on December 26 in 2004, when a magnitude 9.5 quake triggered a massive tsunami that killed around 226,000 people along the shorelines of the Indian Ocean, including more than 126,000 in Indonesia.

David Aaro is a Freelance Reporter at Fox News Digital based in New York City.

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