Deep 6.3-magnitude quake strikes eastern Indonesia

JAKARTA (AFP) – A deep 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck in eastern Indonesia on Saturday night, US seismologists said, but no tsunami warning was issued.

The quake hit in the sea in southwest Indonesia, about 130 kilometres northeast of the city Tiakur at 10.27pm, at a depth of 140 kilometres, according to the US Geological Survey.

The national disaster agency said the quake was felt weakly in Tiakur for about three to five seconds.

“There are no damages and casualties,” national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told AFP.

The area is often hit by quakes, but the epicentre is deep, Nugroho added.

The quake was also felt in Dili, the capital city of neighbouring country Timor-Leste which lies about 370 kilometres from the epicenter.