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Moderate earthquake rattles Indonesia

The 5.9-magnitude quake was centered 80 miles-deep under the Banda sea, but there were no reports of any damage or tsunami.

india Updated: Jan 20, 2007 15:43 IST

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 80 miles-deep under the Banda sea 200 miles southeast of Ambon, the provincial capital of Mollucan islands, the US Geological Survey said on its website.

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 volcanoes and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin.

A massive earthquake and subsequent tsunami on Dec 26, 2004, killed more than 131,000 people in Indonesia's Aceh province alone and left half a million homeless.