6.6-magnitude quake hits Indonesia, no tsunami warning

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Jakarta, Sept 24: A powerful 6.6-magnitude earthquake struck the eastern Indonesian region of Papua today, US seismologists said, but no tsunami warning was issued.

The undersea quake hit at a depth of 24 kilometres (14 miles) at about 1:00 am (local time), 30 kilometres from Sorong, in West Papua province, the US Geological Survey said.

6.6-magnitude quake hits Indonesia

The USGS initially put the quake's magnitude at 6.9 but then revised it down. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was no threat of a tsunami.

There was no immediate information on whether the quake had caused casualties or damage. Indonesia sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", where tectonic plates collide, causing frequent seismic and volcanic activity. In July, a teenage boy fell into a river and died and several buildings were damaged when a 7.0-magnitude quake rocked Papua.

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A huge undersea quake in 2004 triggered a tsunami that engulfed Aceh province on western Sumatra island, killing more than 170,000 people in Indonesia and tens of thousands more in other countries with coasts on the Indian Ocean. 

AFP

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