Powerful quake jolts eastern Indonesia

June 8th, 2008 - 9:48 am ICT by IANS  

Jakarta, June 8 (DPA) An earthquake registering 6.1 on the Richter scale struck the eastern Indonesian islands Sunday morning, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damages, the Indonesian seismological agency said. The quake struck at 5:23 a.m. with an epicentre was about 68 km north-east of Ruteng, a district town on Flores island, said officials at Indonesia’s National Meteorology and Geophysics Agency.

The officials said that the quake occurred about 48 km beneath the seabed but with no tsunami potential, and there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

Indonesia, the world’s largest archipelago nation, sits atop the Pacific Ocean’s Ring of Fire, where the meeting of continental plates causes high volcanic and seismic activity.

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