Strong earthquake strikes eastern Indonesia

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August 17, 2007 07:23

A strong undersea earthquake struck eastern Indonesia on Friday, the US Geological Survey and local officials said. No tsunami warning was issued and there were no immediate reports of damage. The temblor had a preliminary magnitude of 6.2 and hit 230 kilometers (145 miles) southeast of Ambon, the capital of Maluku province, said Suhardjono, an official at Indonesia's Meteorological and Geophysics Agency who goes by only one name. The USGS said the quake struck 10 kilometers (6 miles) beneath the Banda Sea, but local officials put the depth at around 60 kilometers (40 miles). The reason for the discrepancy was not clear. "We have not received any reports of damage," Suhardjono said, adding that the agency did not issue a tsunami warning because the quake was not strong enough to trigger waves.


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