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Moderate quake hits Indonesia: USGS

A moderate earthquake rattled the island of Simeulue off the coast of Indonesia today, seismologists said, but there was no tsunami alert and no immediate reports of damage.

world Updated: Dec 10, 2009 08:05 IST

A moderate earthquake rattled the island of Simeulue off the coast of Indonesia today, seismologists said, but there was no tsunami alert and no immediate reports of damage.

The US Geological Survey said the 5.9-magnitude quake struck at 0259 IST around 310 km southwest of the town of Medan on Sumatra.

It struck at a depth of 35 kilometres.

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