6.1-magnitude quake strikes eastern Indonesia

A 6.1-magnitude undersea earthquake Wednesday struck off Indonesia`s eastern Maluku islands, meteorologists said.

Jakarta: A 6.1-magnitude undersea earthquake
Wednesday struck off Indonesia`s eastern Maluku islands,
meteorologists said, but there was no tsunami warning or
reports of damage.

The quake occurred at 5:45 pm (1045 GMT) with an
epicentre 98 kilometres northeast of Southeast Maluku
district, the Indonesian Meteorological and Geophysics Agency
said.

It struck at a relatively shallow depth of 14 kilometres.

"We haven`t received any reports of damage," agency
official Fauzi, who like many Indonesians uses only one name,
said.

The US Geological Survey recorded the quake`s magnitude
at 5.6.

Indonesia sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", where the
meeting of continental plates causes high volcanic and seismic
activity.

PTI

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