6.5 earthquake hits eastern part of Indonesia

A shallow undersea quake measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale jolted eastern parts of Indonesia on Tuesday, no tsunami warning was immediately reported, the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency reported. EMSC recorded 6.2 and USGS 5.8  magnitude earthquake and the Hong Kong Observatory said it was at 6.3 magnitude.

The quake struck at 18:03 p.m. Jakarta time (1103 GMT) with epicenter at 163 km northwest Ambon, the capital city of Maluku province, and with the depth at 10 km under sea bed.

Head of Maluku Disaster Management and Mitigation Agency Eka Gultom told Xinhua by phone that there were no reports of buildings damaged or those injured or killed.

Indonesia is prone to earthquake as it lies on a vulnerable quake-hit zone so called "the Pacific Ring of Fire."


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