Strong quake strikes eastern Indonesia, no casualty

10:24, May 16, 2010      

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A powerful quake with magnitude of 6.0 rocked eastern parts of Indonesia on Sunday, but there were no damage or casualties, agencies reported here.

The quake jolted at 7:33 a.m. Jakarta time (0033 GMT) with epicenter at 128 km southwest of Manado, the capital of North Sulawesi province and at the depth of 103 km under sea bed, an official of the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency named only Subagio told Xinhua.

The intensity of the quake was felt at 2 to 3 MMI at Manado, and Gorontalo province, and 3 MMI at Luwuk town of Central Sulawesi province, he said.

Spokesman of the National Disaster Management Agency Priyadi Kardono told Xinhua that there were no initial reports of damage or casualties resulted by the quake.

The meteorology and geophysics agency did not issue a tsunami warning.

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

Source: Xinhua


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