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Powerful 6.5-magnitude quake strikes off eastern Indonesia

Published on Sep 1, 2013 8:30 PM

JAKARTA (AFP) - A powerful 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck off eastern Indonesia on Sunday, the United States Geological Survey said, but no tsunami warning was issued.

The quake struck in waters near the Barat Daya islands in Maluku province, 411km east of Atambua and 425km south of Ambon. It was at a depth of 132km.

National disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said some people in south-west parts of Maluku province felt strong shaking for about 10 seconds and ran out of their homes.

But Mr Suharjono, an official from the meteorology, climatology and geophysics agency, added: "We have not received any reports of casualties or damage. I don't think there's going to be any significant impact."

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