Strong quake reported off Indonesian coast

January 4th, 2009 - 4:32 am ICT by IANS  

Jakarta/Washington, Jan 4 (DPA) An underwater earthquake with a magnitude of 7.6 on the Richter scale was recorded early Sunday off the coast of eastern Indonesia, the US Geological Survey said.The quake struck at 4.43 a.m. Sunday (1943 GMT Saturday) at a depth of 35 km below the Earth surface. The epicentre was located 150 km west-north-west of Manokwari in Indonesia’s Irian Jaya, or 623 km northeast of Ambon in Indonesian Molucca.

There was no immediate tsunami warning issued.

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