Earthquake hits off Indonesia's coast -agency

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JAKARTA, Nov 25 (Reuters) An earthquake measuring 6.7 hit off the coast of Indonesia's Sumbawa island, the country's meteorological agency said late today.

The quake hit 50 km (30 miles) northwest of Raba in Sumbawa, at a depth of 50 km, the agency said in a text message. The agency also issued a tsunami warning.

The US Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said that there was a ''very small possibility'' of a local tsunami that could affect coasts less than 100 km (60 miles) from the earthquake's epicentre.

Officials at the Indonesian meteorological agency said that no reports of casualties had been received so far, but that the tremor was strong enough to be felt in Denpasar, the capital of the Indonesian resort island of Bali, about 400 km (250 miles) away.

Indonesia, which is situated in a belt of intense seismic activity known as the ''Pacific Ring of Fire'', was hit by a huge earthquake in December 2004, triggering a devastating tsunami in the Indian Ocean, which killed more than 230,000 people in the region, including 170,000 Indonesians.


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