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Powerful quake strikes off eastern Indonesia

JAKARTA (XINHUA) – A 6.1-magnitude earthquake hit Indonesia’s eastern province of Maluku early yesterday but no report of casualty or damages was issued, a weather agency and officials said.

The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency earlier released information on the quake with a magnitude of 6.2 before revising it.

The agency did not issue any tsunami warning as the jolts triggered no giant waves of tsunami. The quake struck at 4.25am local time yesterday, with the epicentre at 86 kilometres northeast of Maluku Barat Daya district and the depth at 131 kilometres under the seabed, the agency said.

The intensity of the quake was felt at II to III MMI (on the Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale) in Saumlaki, a city of Tanimbar Island district and Maluku Barat Daya district, it said.

The quake was caused by subduction at Banda Sea, originating from an oblique thrust fault, the agency’s head of the Quake and Tsunami Department Bambang Setiyo Prayitno said in a statement.

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