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Moderate earthquake rocks Indonesia's Aceh

A 5.7-magnitude earthquake on Sunday rocked the centre of Indonesia's Aceh province.

india Updated: Mar 19, 2006 11:03 IST

A 5.7-magnitude earthquake on Sunday rocked the centre of Indonesia's Aceh province but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage, meteorologists said.

The quake hit at 11:24 am (0421 GMT) and was moderately felt in Takengon, a district town in central Aceh, said Hardiyatno of the Meteorology and Geophysics headquarters in Jakarta.

He said the quake was centred inland, some 33 kilometers (20 miles) under the earth's surface and some 28 kilometers (17 miles) west of Takengon.

Indonesia sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", where the meeting of continental plates causes high volcanic and seismic activity. Maluku province lies at the meeting point of the country's two main chains of volcanoes.

A massive earthquake off Aceh on December 26, 2004 triggered a tsunami that devastated coastlines around the Indian Ocean and left more than 220,000 people dead.