Powerful 6.5-magnitude earthquake strikes Indonesia; no tsunami warning issued: USGS

A shakemap of a 6.5 magnitude earthquake near Andekantor, Sumba Region, Indonesia on Feb 12, 2016. PHOTO: EPA

JAKARTA (AFP) - A powerful 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck eastern Indonesia late on Friday (Feb 12), but no tsunami warning was immediately issued, US seismologists said.

The earthquake hit at 5.02pm local time, the US Geological Survey said, and was centred 3km east-south-east of Andekanter in the Sumba region at a depth of 30km.

The Indonesian disaster mitigation agency said there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

"Currently our teams are still checking whether there have been any damages or casualties," the agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told AFP.

Indonesia sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire" where tectonic plates collide, causing frequent seismic and volcanic activity in the region.

A 6.9-magnitude quake that struck in the Banda Sea in December sparked panic but there were no reports of damage or casualties.

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