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Strong aftershock hits Timor Leste, Indonesia
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11:48, April 20, 2008

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A powerful aftershock with a magnitude of 6.2 rocked Timor Leste and eastern parts of Indonesia on Saturday afternoon, no immediate damage or casualty is reported, local meteorology agency said.

The aftershock jolted at 17:21 Jakarta time (1521GMT) with epicenter at 81 kilometers northeast Dili, the capital of Timor Leste or about 20 kilometers of Wetar Island of Maluku province in Indonesia and at 30 kilometers under sea bed, said an official of the agency named only Sujabar.

"There were no report of damage or casualty," he told Xinhua.

The center of the aftershock was deeper than the main shock of 6.4, which did not cause any damage or casualty on Saturday morning, said Sujabar.

The intensity of the aftershock was felt at 2 MMI (modified mercalli intensity) at Kalabahio town of the province.

Both Indonesia and Timor Leste lie in a vulnerable zone called "the Pacific Ring of Fire" where two continental plates meet, stretching from the Western Hemisphere through Japan and Southeast Asia, causing frequent volcanic movements.

In 2004, over 170,000 people were dead in Aceh province in northern tip of Sumatra Island in Indonesia after a tsunami triggered by a powerful quake devastated coastal areas of the province and others countries in Southeast Asia.


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