19 May, 2006

Powerful Undersea quake off eastern Indonesia

A powerful undersea earthquake struck off eastern Indonesia late Friday, a meteorological agency said. There were no immediate reports of injuries, damage or a possible tsunami.

The magnitude 6.1 quake struck at 11:44 p.m. local time (14:44 GMT) and was centered 66 kilometers (38 miles) beneath the Molucca Sea, the U.S. Geological Survey said on its Web site.

It struck 190 kilometers (120 miles) south of Manado, the provincial capital of North Sulawesi.

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 magnitude 9 earthquake and subsequent tsunami on December 26 killed more than 131,000 people in Indonesia's western Aceh province and left a half-million homeless.

The U.S. Geological Survey's Web site did not immediately mention any possibility of a tsunami resulting from Friday night's earthquake.

Source: CNN

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