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Strong quake hits Indonesia, no Tsunami threat

A 6.0-magnitude earthquake strikes off the coast of Sumatra island but there is no danger of a Tsunami.

world Updated: Sep 24, 2007 15:55 IST

A 6.0-magnitude earthquake on Monday struck off the coast of Indonesia's Sumatra island but there was no danger of a Tsunami, the meteorology agency said.

The quake was centred 30 kilometres (19 miles) under the seabed around 233 kilometres northeast of the town of Lais in Bengkulu province, it said in a statement.

Bengkulu province was badly damaged in an 8.4-magnitude quake earlier this month that killed 23 people. It was followed by a series of major aftershocks which experts have said could rattle the region into this week.

Indonesia sits on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, where continental plates meet and where earthquakes are a regular and often deadly occurrence.

First Published: Sep 24, 2007 15:52 IST