Earthquake Rattles Indonesia

7.5 quake scares residents, but no casualties have been reported
By Caroline Zimmerman,  Newser User
Posted Aug 8, 2007 4:04 PM CDT
Map locates strong earthquake near the coast of Jakarta, Indonesia; 1c x 3 1/2 inches; 46.5 mm x 88.9 mm   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A massive undersea earthquake off the Indonesian coast rocked the capital of Jakarta today. Though no casualties have been reported, the quake hit 7.5, shaking the city's tall buildings and leaving its inhabitants in shock. But the earthquake occurred 180 miles under ground, nixing the possibility of a tsunami on the scale of 2004's disaster.

The BBC reports that many residents were too scared to return to their desks and homes in the aftermath of the quake. Indonesia sits on the active seismic belt called the Pacific "Ring of Fire," making the country vulnerable to such shakeups.