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Gulf Today Report
A 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of East Timor on Friday, the US Geological Survey said.
A tsunami advisory group said the earthquake "may be capable of generating a tsunami affecting the Indian Ocean region".
USGS said the quake struck at a depth of 51.4 kilometres (32 miles) off the eastern tip of Timor Island, which is split between East Timor and Indonesia.
The Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System (IOTWMS) issued the tsunami warning for the region.
East Timor sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", causing it to experience frequent earthquakes.
In February, a 6.2-magnitude quake killed a dozen people when it struck neighbouring Indonesia's North Sumatra.
In 2004, a 9.1-magnitude quake hit the coast of Sumatra and triggered a tsunami that killed 220,000 people throughout the region, including about 170,000 in Indonesia, according to Agence France-Presse.
East Timor has a population of 1.3 million and is Southeast Asia's youngest country, recently celebrating the 20th anniversary of its independence.
The former Portuguese colony became independent from Indonesia in 2002 after 24 years of occupation.
Nobel Laureate Jose Ramos-Horta, a 72-year-old revolutionary hero, became president earlier this month after winning an election.
Ramos-Horta was also the country's second prime minister after independence.
The mostly rural country's economy has been badly hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, with the World Bank saying 42 per cent of the population live below the poverty line.
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The quake was at a depth of 13 kilometres (7.5 miles), about 180 kilometres northeast of Tual city, Indonesia's easternmost Papua region, according to the United States Geological Survey said, but there was no tsunami warning or immediate reports of damage.
Cease-fire mediator Qatar said efforts are ongoing to renew the truce, which saw Israel pause most military activity in Gaza and release 300 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for Palestinian group Hamas freeing over 100 hostages held in Gaza.
The emirate's delegation comprised the Sharjah Book Authority, Sharjah Literary Agency, Sharjah Department of Culture, Al Qasimi Publications, and Kalimat Group.
"You are the spirit of the union. You are its present and future. I pray to Allah Almighty to bless you and our nation with continued security, progress and prosperity," Sheikh Mohammed said.
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