5.8 quake hits eastern Indonesia

A moderate 5.8-magnitude quake struck off Indonesia's eastern Maluku islands on Wednesday, the US Geological Survey said, but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

world Updated: Dec 09, 2011 10:51 IST
AFP

A moderate 5.8-magnitude quake struck off Indonesia's eastern Maluku islands on Wednesday, the US Geological Survey said, but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

The quake struck at 1908 IST at a relatively shallow depth of 16 kilometres, 310 kilometres northwest of Ambon, the USGS said.

Indonesia sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire, where the meeting of continental plates causes high volcanic and seismic activity.

First Published: Dec 07, 2011 21:17 IST