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Moderate 5.6 quake strikes South Indian Ocean

world Updated: Dec 02, 2010 08:22 IST

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A 5.6-magnitude earthquake struck the South Indian Ocean today, the US Geological Survey said, although there were no immediate reports of damage and there was no tsunami warning in effect.

The quake hit at a shallow depth of 15.3 kilometres at 02:19 local time, the USGS said in a statement.

The epicentre of the earthquake was over 1150 kilometres south east of Male, the capital of the Maldives and a further 100 kilometres south of Colombo, Sri Lanka, the statement said.

The area witnesses frequent undersea earthquakes often located far from land.