Strong quake strikes eastern Indonesia, no casualties

14:09, December 27, 2009      

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A 6.7 magnitude earthquake rocked Maluku province in eastern Indonesia on Saturday, but causing no property damage or casualties, officials said.

The quake occurred at 15:57 p.m. Jakarta time (0815 GMT) with epicenter 152 km northwest Tual of the province and with the depth67 km under sea bed, official of the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency Bayu Pranata said.

The intensity of the quake was felt at 2 to 3 MMI (Modifieed Mercally Intensity) in Tual and Saumlaki towns of the province and at 2 to 3 MMI in Bandanaira of North Sulawesi province, he said.

Head of crisis center of the Health Ministry Rustam Pakaya confirmed there no damage to buildings or fatalities.

Indonesia sits on a quake-vulnerable zone called the "Pacific Ring of Fire," where two continental plates meet that cause frequent seismic and volcanic movements.

Source: Xinhua
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