Strong earthquake hits Indonesia

2013-12-01 07:23


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Jakarta - A strong, shallow earthquake rocked parts of eastern Indonesia early on Sunday, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The US Geological Survey said the 6.3-magnitude quake was cantered 343km northwest of Saumlaki, a coastal town in Maluku province, at a depth of nine kilometres beneath the sea.

Indonesia's Meteorology, Earthquake and Geophysics Agency put its preliminary magnitude at 6.7 and said that the quake was unlikely to trigger a tsunami, said Suhardjono, the agency official who like many Indonesians uses a single name.

The world's largest archipelago, Indonesia is prone to earthquakes due to its location on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin.

In 2004, a monster temblor off Indonesia's Aceh shores triggered a tsunami that killed 230 000 people in a dozen countries. Most of the deaths were in Aceh.

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