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Moderate quake hits off Indonesia: seismologists

world Updated: Mar 02, 2009 08:09 IST

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A moderate 5.7-magnitude earthquake struck off Indonesia's Sulawesi island today, seismologists said, but there was no immediate report of casualties or damage and no tsunami warning.

The quake, which hit at 7:03 am (0003 GMT), was centred 24 kilometres (15 miles) southwest of Palu in Central Sulawesi and at a depth of 30 kilometres under the seabed, the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency said.

The Indonesian archipelago sits on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire where continental plates meet, causing frequent seismic and volcanic activity.