Moderate earthquake hits Indonesia

November 11th, 2008 - 9:28 am ICT by IANS  

Jakarta, Nov 11 (Xinhua) A moderate quake measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale struck Indonesia’s Sumatra Island Tuesday morning, but there were no reports of damage or casualty.According to Indonesian meteorological agency, the quake struck at 8:47 a.m. with the epicentre at 59 km southwest Bengkulu city, the capital of Bengkulu province, and at 27 km in depth.

Indonesia sits at a vulnerable zone called the “Pacific Ring of Fire” where two continental plates, stretching from the Western Hemisphere through Japan and Southeast Asia, meet that cause frequent volcanic movements.

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