Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Earthquake - Indonesia (Sulawesi) DEC

JAKARTA - A strong earthquake jolted North Sulawesi province in eastern Indonesia on Tuesday, but there were no immediate reports of injury or structural damage, officials said.

The quake, measuring 6 on the Richter scale, jolted Manado, the provincial capital, and nearby areas, an official at Jakarta's Meteorology and Geophysics Agency said.

"No reports of damage so far," said the agency's Yusuf, who like many Indonesians uses only one name.

The quake, which was centred in the ocean about 138 kilometres north-east of Bitung, was not strong enough to trigger a tsunami. It occurred about 35 kilometres beneath the seabed.

Indonesia is located in the Pacific volcanic belt known as the Ring of Fire, where earthquakes and volcanoes are common. - Sapa-DPA - Source

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