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Strong quake hits eastern Indonesia

2012-06-01 10:50

Jakarta - A strong earthquake has hit eastern Indonesia. There are no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

Indonesia's Meteorology and Geophysics Agency says the 6.2 magnitude quake struck at 03:56 local time on Friday in the eastern province of Papua Barat on Papua island. It struck about 18km under the earth's surface and was centred about 72km southeast of the town of Tambraw.

The US Geological Survey says the earthquake had a magnitude of 5.8.

Indonesia has frequent earthquakes due to its location on the Pacific "Ring of Fire," an arc of volcanoes and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin.