Saturday, May 8, 2010

Moderate quake hits Indonesia

Posted: 08 May 2010 1530 hrs

JAKARTA: A moderate 5.9-magnitude earthquake hit Indonesia's West Nusa Tenggara province Saturday, the local meteorological and geophysics agency said, but no tsunami alert was issued.

The quake struck at a depth of 10 kilometres (six miles), 68 kilometres northwest of Raba at 10:22 am (0322 GMT), according to the agency.

There were no immediate reports of damage.

Later Saturday, a 5.8-magnitude quake hit Gorontalo province. There was no tsunami alert and no reports of damage.

Indonesia sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", where the meeting of continental plates causes high volcanic and seismic activity.

- AFP/jy

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