Sunday, January 2, 2011

Quake hits Indonesia's Sumatra island

Posted: 03 January 2011 0024 hrs

JAKARTA: A 5.7-magnitude earthquake struck off Indonesia's Sumatra island on Sunday, the US Geological Survey said, but there was no tsunami warning.

The moderate quake struck at a shallow depth of 16 kilometres (10 miles) at 10:19 pm (1519 GMT), 122 kilometres southwest of Bengkulu, on southern Sumatra.

Indonesia sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", where the meeting of continental plates causes high seismic activity, and Sumatra is particularly prone to earthquakes.

- AFP/fa

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