Strong Earthquake Strikes Banda Sea, Indonesia, No Tsunami Warning Issued

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the epicentre of the quake was 323km northwest of Kupang
The epicentre of the earthquake was 323km northwest of Kupang, a popular holiday destination.

Jakarta – A strong 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of eastern Indonesia on Monday, US seismologists said, but no tsunami warning was issued and there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

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The undersea quake hit about 190 kilometres (120 miles) northeast of Maumere, a holiday destination in Flores, at 09:13 am (0113 GMT), at a depth of 522 kilometres, said the US Geological Survey.

The Malaysian Meteorological Department in a statement today said the epicentre of the quake was 323km northwest of Kupang, Indonesia and 1,371km from Sarikei, Sarawak.

Indonesia’s disaster agency said officials were checking to see if the quake had any impact.

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