Strong 6.3-magnitude earthquake strikes Indonesia; no tsunami risk

August 3rd, 2010 - 9:31 pm ICT by BNO News  

JAKARTA (BNO NEWS) — A strong earthquake struck Indonesia’s Molucca Sea on Tuesday, seismologists said, but no tsunami warnings were issued.

The 6.3-magnitude earthquake at 08:08 p.m. local time (1208 GMT) was centered about 135 kilometers (85 miles) west northwest from Ternate in Moluccas. It struck about 42.8 kilometers (26.6 miles) making it a shallow earthquake, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center initially measured the strength of the earthquake at magnitude 6.5.

There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties as a result of the earthquake.

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