6-magnitude earthquake rocks eastern Indonesia, no damages

08:49, November 18, 2010      

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An earthquake with a magnitude of 6 struck off eastern Indonesia on Wednesday, but there was not potential for tsunami and there was no initial report of damage or casualty, the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency said.

The quake jolted at 22:53 p.m. Jakarta time (1553 GMT) with the epicenter at 160 km southwest of Saumlaki town of Maluku and with a depth of 30 km under sea bed, an official of the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency said here.

The US Geological Survey reported the quake was measured at 5.9 magnitude and located deeper at 13.6 km.

Official at the National Disaster and Mitigation Agency told Xinhua that there were no reports of building damaged or those injured after the quake.

Indonesia, an archipelago country homed by over 238 million people, 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.

Indonesia has conducted relief works in catastrophe-affected areas and handled the impact of volcano eruption.

The tsunami in West Sumatra and quake and floods in Papua last month killed over 700 people and devastated massive infrastructure. The catastrophe internally displaced over 25,000 people.

Mount Merapi of 2,968 meters high in Central Java has erupted since Oct. 26, killing more than 260 people and forced hundreds thousands others to flee homes.

Source: Xinhua


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