Indonesia Quake Triggers Brief Tsunami Warning

No reports of damage yet from 6.7-magnitude temblor
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 3, 2011 5:07 PM CDT
File photo: The Indonesia quake had a 6.7 magnitude.   (AP Photo/British Geological Survey/PA)

(Newser) – A strong earthquake hit off Indonesia's main island of Java Monday, prompting authorities to briefly issue a tsunami warning and sending thousands of residents fleeing their homes in panic. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage from the 6.7-magnitude quake, which struck shortly after 3am local time. The US Geological Survey said the temblor was centered about 200 miles off southern Java, just 15 miles beneath the ocean floor.

Thousands of people in the town of Cilacap poured into the streets and ran to high ground, many gathering in mosques, witnesses told El Shinta radio. Ninety minutes later, when the threat of a tsunami had passed, they were told to go home. Indonesia, the world's largest archipelago, is prone to seismic upheaval due to its location on the so-called "Ring of Fire," an arc of volcanos and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin. A slightly smaller quake shook Fiji just hours earlier. Click for more.

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