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Strong quake hits Timor-Leste with no casualty
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15:42, April 19, 2008

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An earthquake with magnitude of 6.4 rocked Timor-Leste and eastern parts of Indonesia on Saturday, no immediate reports of damages or casualty, Indonesian meteorology agency and health ministry said here.

The quake struck at 10:12 Jakarta time (0312 GMT) with epicenter at 81 km northeast Dili the capital of the country and at 10 km under sea bed, an official of the agency Diana Rahayu told Xinhua.

The center of the quake was closer to Wetar Island of Maluku province in eastern parts of Indonesia, the official said.

Head of Crisis Center of Indonesian Health Ministry Rustam Pakaya said there were no report of damages or casualty at Dili and eastern parts of Indonesia bordering with Timor-Leste.

Both Indonesia and Timor-Leste are located on a vulnerable zone called "the Pacific Ring of Fire" where two continental plates, stretching from the Western Hemisphere through Japan and Southeast Asia, meet that cause frequent volcanic movements.

Source: Xinhua



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