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Strong quake shakes Indonesia

The sea-centred 6.1 magnitude quake did not have the potential to cause a destructive tsunami, an official said.

india Updated: Aug 15, 2006 16:13 IST

A strong earthquake struck in eastern Indonesian waters on Tuesday, but there was no threat of a tsunami, meteorological officials said. However, there were no reports of damage or casualties.

The 6.1 magnitude quake was centred beneath the Banda Sea about 190 kms southwest of Ambon, the capital of Maluku province, the US Geological Survey said on its website.

"The tremor was not felt anywhere in the region," said Aprilianto, an official at a Jakarta-based local Meteorological and Geophysics Agency, adding the quake did not have the potential to cause a destructive tsunami.

Indonesia, the world's largest archipelago, is prone to seismic upheaval due to its location on the so-called Pacific 'Ring of Fire,' a string of volcanoes and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin.

First Published: Aug 15, 2006 11:53 IST