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6.5 magnitude quake strikes off E. Indonesia, no casualty

(Xinhua)

08:37, August 17, 2011

JAKARTA, Aug. 16 (Xinhua) -- A shallow undersea quake measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale jolted eastern parts of Indonesia on Tuesday, but no tsunami warning was issued and there were no immediate report of damage and casualties, officials said.

The quake struck at 18:03 p.m. Jakarta time (1103 GMT) with the epicenter at 163 km northwest Ambon, the capital city of Maluku province, and with the depth at 10 km under sea bed, an official of the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency told Xinhua.

Head of Maluku Disaster Management and Mitigation Agency Eka Gultom told Xinhua by phone that there were no reports of buildings damaged or those injured or killed. "The quake causes no impact, everything is fine here," she said.

The USGS reported on its website that the quake was measured at 5.8 magnitude and the Hong Kong Observatory said it was at 6.3 magnitude.

Indonesia is prone to earthquake as it lies on a vulnerable quake-hit zone so called "the Pacific Ring of Fire."

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