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Powerful quake jolts eastern Indonesia

An earthquake registering 6.1 on the Richter scale stikes the eastern Indonesian islands, but there are no immediate reports of injuries or damages.

world Updated: Jun 08, 2008 09:57 IST
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An earthquake registering 6.1 on the Richter scale struck the eastern Indonesian islands on Sunday morning, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damages, the Indonesian seismological agency said.

The quake struck at 5:23 am with an epicentre was about 68 km north-east of Ruteng, a district town on Flores island, said officials at Indonesia's National Meteorology and Geophysics Agency.

The officials said that the quake occurred about 48 km beneath the seabed but with no tsunami potential, and there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

Indonesia, the world's largest archipelago nation, sits atop the Pacific Ocean's Ring of Fire, where the meeting of continental plates causes high volcanic and seismic activity.