6.3-magnitude earthquake hits Indonesia

(VOVworld) - A powerful 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck eastern Indonesia on Wednesday, US seismologists said, with some reports of minor property damage but no casualties recorded so far.


6.3-magnitude earthquake hits Indonesia - ảnh 1
The quake did not trigger a tsunami (Photo: rte.ie)

The US Geological Survey said the quake struck at a depth of 14km under the Alor Sea, roughly 77km from the East Timorese capital of Dili. A disaster agency official in Alor, a remote string of islands closest to the epicentre, said the quake was felt strongly in the district for almost two minutes. Indonesia's national disaster agency spokesman, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, said the quake had not triggered a tsunami but had sent people fleeing in Alor. Indonesia sits on the Pacific ‘Ring of Fire’ where tectonic plates collide, causing frequent seismic and volcanic activity.