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Strong quake hits Indonesia's North Maluku

A strong 6.4-magnitude earthquake strikes Indonesia's North Maluku province early this morning but no tsunami warning has been issued.

world Updated: Mar 06, 2008 08:32 IST

A strong 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck Indonesia's North Maluku province early this morning but no tsunami warning was issued, the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency said.

The centre of the quake, which struck at 10:22 am (0652 IST), was about 216 kilometres northeast of provincial capital Ternate on the island of the same name in North Maluku, an official said.

The tremor was 105 kilometres deep, said the official from the Indonesian Meteorology and Geophysics Agency.

The US Geological Survey clocked the quake at 5.9.

Indonesia sits on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, where continental plates meet, and where earthquakes are a regular and often deadly occurrence.