6.1-magnitude quake rocks Indonesia

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Jakarta: An earthquake measuring  6.1 on the Richter scale hit the coast of North Maluku province in eastern Indonesia on Sunday, according to US seismologists.

No tsunami warning was issued, the authorities said. According to the US Geological Survey the quake was 150 kilometres (92 miles) northwest of the coastal town of Ternate at a depth of 37 kilometre.

Eyewitness account said: “I was watching TV when the earthquake suddenly happened, the jolt was quite strong but thankfully it was quick so there was no panic.”

Officials said the damages are still being assessed.

Indonesia experiences frequent seismic and volcanic activity due to its position on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, where tectonic plates collide.

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