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Strong 6.6 earthquake occurred in Banda Sea

Wednesday, 21 December 2016


KUALA LUMPUR: An earthquake measuring 6.6 on the Richter scale occurred in the Banda Sea, Indonesia.

The Malaysian Meteorological Department said the epicentre of the quake was 456km south west of Ambon, Indonesia and 1,718km south east of Semporna, Sabah.

However, the quake did not pose any tsunami threat to Malaysia.

The effects of the quake were also felt in DARWIN, Australia, but there were no immediate reports of damage.

The tremor struck off the coast of eastern Indonesia, US seismologists said, but no tsunami warning was issued.

The undersea quake hit about 278km east-northeast of Dili in East Timor at a depth of 158km, according to the US Geological Survey.

Australia’s Northern Territory News said the quake was widely felt across Darwin and surrounding areas.

Indonesia’s disaster agency said residents in the southwest of the Moluccas island chain also felt the quake but there were no reports as yet of damage or casualties.

Indonesia experiences frequent seismic and volcanic activity due to its position on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, where tectonic plates collide.

Source by: Internet

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