6.3-magnitude quake strikes off Indonesia: USGS

Last Updated: Monday, August 12, 2013 - 08:59

Jakarta: A 6.3-magnitude quake struck off eastern Indonesia on Monday, the US Geological Survey said, but no tsunami warning was issued.

The quake struck at a depth of 92 kilometres (57 miles), 189 kilometres west-northwest of Saumlaki in the Maluku chain of islands, said the USGS.

Sutiono, an official at Indonesia`s Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency who goes by one name, told AFP: "The quake`s epicentre was in the sea but there`s no potential for a tsunami."

A receptionist at the Galaxy Hotel in Saumlaki, Enik Aryesam, said the tremor lasted around 10 seconds but caused no visible damage.

"It wasn`t very strong, so our guests didn`t panic," she said.

Indonesia sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire" where tectonic plates collide, causing frequent seismic and volcanic activity.


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First Published: Monday, August 12, 2013 - 08:59

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