Powerful Quake Hits Eastern Indonesia

6.3-magnitude shock strikes undersea; no casualty reports yet
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 8, 2012 8:06 AM CDT
Indonesia has suffered a 6.3-magnitude earthquake.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – A strong undersea earthquake has hit parts of eastern Indonesia, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties. The US Geological Survey says today's 6.3-magnitude quake struck at a depth of 21 miles. It said it was 86 miles southeast of Ambon, the provincial capital of Maluku. Indonesia's meteorology and geophysics agency said there was no danger of a tsunami. Indonesia is prone to seismic upheaval due to its location on the Pacific's Ring of Fire, an arc of volcanoes and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin.

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