Residents gather outside their homes in Ternate on early July 8, 2019 after a strong magnitude 6,9 earthquake struck off Indonesia on July 7, the US Geological Survey reported, triggering a brief tsunami warning that sent panicked residents fleeing to higher ground. AFP Photo

JAKARTA: There were no reports of major damage in Indonesia from a Sunday night earthquake of magnitude 6.9 off the northeastern coast of the island of Sulawesi, and authorities lifted a tsunami warning.

The quake struck out at sea at a depth of 36km, with several smaller aftershocks, geophysics agency BMKG said.

Tremors shook buildings, alarming residents of some cities, and authorities urged people to move to higher ground.

“The quake was felt quite strongly and with an intensity that lasted quite long,” said Yusuf Latif, a spokesman for the search and rescue agency.

“There were no reports of damage or casualties in Ternate,” he added, referring to the city closest to the epicentre.

But some hospitals in Ternate, about 130km from the epicentre, suffered minor damage and had to evacuate patients, media said.

Strong tremors were felt for a few seconds in the nearby seaside resort city of Manado, residents said, but no damage was reported. -- Reuters