The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude 6.9 quake was centered 185 kilometers (115 miles) southeast of Manado at a depth of 24 kilometers (15 miles).
A graphic posted on Twitter by Indonesia's geophysics agency predicted waves of half a meter (1.6 feet) for parts of North Sulawesi and North Maluku.
The M6.9 in Indonesia has no impact on California. That size quake happens on average every few weeks. One quake triggers others nearby but at distances more than ~3x the length of the fault, we see no signal. A M6.9 affects about 60 miles out.— Dr. Lucy Jones (@DrLucyJones) July 7, 2019
The quake caused panic in the city of Ternate in the Maluku island chain, where people ran to higher ground, a witness told The Associated Press.
Radio El Shinta reported that Residents in Manado, North Sulawesi's provincial capital, ran out from their houses in panic.
Indonesia, a vast archipelago of 260 million people, is frequently struck by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis because of its location on the "Ring of Fire," an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin.