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Moderate earthquake rocks Indonesia

A 5.5-magnitude earthquake rocked the western coast of Indonesia's West Sumatra.

india Updated: Apr 10, 2006 10:13 IST

A 5.5-magnitude earthquake on Monday rocked the western coast of Indonesia's West Sumatra.

There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage, meteorologists said.

The quake hit at 9.36 am and was moderately felt in Padang, the capital of West Sumatra, the meteorology and geophysics headquarters in Jakarta said.

It said the quake was centered offshore nearly 120 kilometres under the floor of the Strait of Mentawai some 60 kilometres northwest of Padang.

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.

First Published: Apr 10, 2006 10:13 IST