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Earthquake measuring 6.0 hits Indian Ocean

world Updated: Oct 12, 2009 11:19 IST

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A strong earthquake measuring 6.0 hit a remote unpopulated area of the Indian Ocean on Monday, and there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage, the US government reported.

The epicentre of the tremor, which occurred at 0845 IST, was located 1,014 kilometres east northeast of Port Louis,
Mauritius, said the US Geological Survey.

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.

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