Moderate earthquake rattles eastern Indonesia

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January 20, 2007 07:12

A moderate earthquake rocked parts of eastern Indonesia on Saturday but there were no reports of any damage or a tsunami triggered, local meteorological agency said. The 5.9-magnitude quake was centered 130 kilometers-deep under the Banda Sea 320 kilometers southeast of Ambon, the provincial capital of Mollucan islands, the US Geological Survey said on its Web site. Indonesia, the world's largest archipelago, is prone to seismic upheaval due to its location on the so-called Pacific "Ring of Fire," an arc of volcanos and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin. A massive earthquake and subsequent tsunami on December 26, 2004, killed more than 131,000 people in Indonesia's Aceh province alone and left half a million homeless.


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