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Moderate quake hits Indonesia's Sumatra
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11:17, September 17, 2009

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An earthquake with magnitude of 5.4 rocked Indonesia's Sumatra island on Thursday, but there was no report of damage or casualties, the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency here said.

The quake struck at 06:46 a.m. Jakarta time (2346 GMT Wednesday) with epicenter at 94 kms northwest Bintuhan of bengkulu province and 25 kms in depth, the agency said.

Indonesia, with over 230 million population, sits on a vulnerable quake-hit zone, the so called "Pacific Ring of Fire", where two continental plates, stretching from Western hemisphere to Japan, meet that causes frequent seismic and volcanic movements.

Source: Xinhua

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