6.3 Richter scale quake off Indonesia, no tsunami threat

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August 3, 2010 17:25

 
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JAKARTA, Indonesia — A powerful earthquake struck waters off of eastern Indonesia on Tuesday, but there were no immediate reports of damage and officials said there was no threat of a tsunami.

The US Geological Survey said the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.3 and was centered off Sulawesi island, around 26 miles (42 kilometers) beneath the ocean floor.

Some buildings shook in Manado, 100 miles (160 kilometers) east of the epicenter, and in the nearby cities of Bitung and Tondano. But Deny Hendrawanto, an official at Indonesia's earthquake monitoring office, said there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

Dr. Fauzi, chief of the agency, said there also was no threat of a tsunami.

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