7.7-earthquake rocks E Indonesia
However, Pacific warning centre said no destructive tsunami threat existed.india Updated: Jan 28, 2006 12:58 IST
A magnitude-7.7 earthquake rocked eastern Indonesia early on Saturday, the US Geological Survey said. There was no danger of a tsunami, and no immediate reports of injuries or damage.
The quake struck at 0158 Saturday (1658 GMT Friday) in the Banda Sea, about 195 kilometres south of Ambon city in the Maluku Islands, the USGC said on its website.
It occurred at a depth of 342 kilometres. Internet news portal Detik.com reported from Ambon that people fled their houses in panic when the earthquake, which lasted about two minutes, struck.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said no destructive tsunami threat existed.
Amran, an official at Indonesia's meteorological agency in the capital Jakarta, said there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.
Like many Indonesians he goes by only one name. Ambon is about 2,600 kilometres east of Jakarta. Indonesia, the world's largest archipelago, is prone to seismic upheaval because of its location atop a volcanically active region known as the Pacific "Ring of Fire."
A magnitude-9 earthquake and subsequent tsunami on Dec. 26, 2004, killed more than 131,000 people in Indonesia's western Aceh province on Sumatra island and left a half-million homeless. Three months later another strong tremor killed more than 900 on Nias and smaller surrounding islands, also in western Indonesia.