Moderate quake hits North Sumatra, Indonesia

10:22, March 14, 2010      

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An earthquake measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale hits Gunungsitoli waters in North Sumatra, Indonesia, at around 21.59 on Saturday, but there were no reports of casualties or damage.

According to the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency, the quake's epicenter is 57 kilometer northwest of Gunungsitoli, North Sumatra or 122 kilometers southeast of Singkil Baru, Aceh, 15 kilometer deep below the sea level.

People in Gunungsitoli felt the quake but the agency said it did not have the potential to cause a tsunami.

Indonesia has been frequently hit by quakes as it sits on a vulnerable-quake hit zone so called the pacific ring of fire.

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