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Quake rocks Indonesia's Tanimbar islands

A quake with a magnitude of 5.1 jolted Indonesia's eastern Tanimbar islands on Saturday.

india Updated: Jul 09, 2006 00:18 IST

A moderate quake with a magnitude of 5.1 jolted Indonesia's eastern Tanimbar islands on Saturday, meteorologists said, but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

The quake occurred at 21:56 pm (1256 GMT) with its epicentre in the Banda Sea about 214 kilometers (133 miles) northwest of the town of Saumlaki on the largest Yamdena island in Maluku province, the US Geological Survey said.

Its focus was about 105 kilometers deep.

The reading was based on the open-ended Moment Magnitude scale, now used by US seismologists, which measures the area of the fault that ruptured and the total energy released.

A measurement of five indicates a moderate earthquake.

Indonesia sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", where the meeting of continental plates causes high volcanic and seismic activity.

A strong earthquake struck the city of Yogyakata and its surrounds on the main Indonesian island of Java on May 27, killing some 5,800 people.