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Earthquake hits Indonesia's Banda Sea

There is not said to be a tsunami threat after the earthquake.

A view from the Maluku Islands
A view from the Maluku Islands
Image: Ben_dv via Panoramio/Google Maps

AN EARTHQUAKE HAS hit Indonesia’s Banda Sea.

The quake had a magnitude of 7.1m. It was located 236km northwest of Saumlaki, Tanimbar Islands, and 520km east northeast of Dili in East Timor, the US Geological Survey said.

The quake hit at 16.53 GMT some 365 kilometres south-southeast of Ambon in the Maluku islands at a relatively deep 157 kilometres, it said, revising its strength down slightly from an initial measurement of 7.2.

“We have not received any damage report so far,” Suhardjono, head of the quake and tsunami unit at the Indonesian Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency, told AFP.

Indonesia sits on the Pacific ‘Ring of Fire’ where continental plates collide, causing frequent seismic and volcanic activity.

- © AFP, 2012

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