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7.1-magnitude quake hits eastern Indonesia, no tsunami threat: USGS

Published on Dec 11, 2012 6:17 AM

JAKARTA (AFP) - A major 7.1-magnitude earthquake shook eastern Indonesia's Maluku islands Tuesday but there was no tsunami alert, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said.

The quake hit at 1653 GMT (12.53am Singapore time) some 365km south-southeast of Ambon in the Maluku islands at a relatively deep 157km, it said, revising its strength down slightly from an initial measurement of 7.2.

Indonesian government seismologists put it at 7.4 but said it would not trigger a tsunami because its epicentre was so deep in the Banda Sea.

"We have not received any damage report so far," Suhardjono, head of the quake and tsunami unit at the Indonesian Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency, told AFP.

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