6.5 magnitude quake strikes central Indonesia

Washington: An earthquake measuring 6.5 magnitude on Richter Scale struck central Indonesia on Thursday.

The epicentre of the quake, which occurred at around 23:46 UTC, was registered at a depth of 29.9 kilometres, about 8 kilometres near Seram Islands in Maluku province in central Indonesia, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage to property as a result of the quake. No tsunami warning has been issued.

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Indonesia is situated on the ‘Ring of Fire’, an area in the basin of the Pacific Ocean which is vulnerable to frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

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