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Two moderate quakes hit Indonesian island of Nias

There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

india Updated: Jan 14, 2006 09:57 IST

Two moderate earthquakes rattled the Indonesian island of Nias on Saturday, the meteorological agency said.

There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage. A 5.0-magnitude quake struck at 5.47 am and was centred 30 kilometres (19 miles) beneath the ocean floor and 63 kilometres (39 miles) northwest of Nias' capital, Gunungsitoli, said Andriana, an official at the agency.

Twelve hours earlier, an underwater quake of the same magnitude hit the region. That temblor was centred 30 kilometres (19 miles) beneath the ocean floor and 37 kilometres (23 miles) southwest of Gunungsitoli, the meteorological agency said.

Neither quake triggered panic on the island, which was rocked by an 8.7-magnitude quake in March that killed about 900 people on Nias and the surrounding area.

Nias is just west of Sumatra island, which has experienced hundreds of earthquakes since a massive tsunami-producing tremor off its coast on December 26, 2004, killed or left missing more than 2,16,000 people in a dozen countries.

Experts say the fault line that runs along the western coast of Sumatra is unstable and may produce another major temblor soon.

First Published: Jan 14, 2006 09:57 IST