Quake of 6.5 magnitude strikes off Indonesia's Sulawesi: USGS

JAKARTA (AFP) - A 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck off the central Indonesian island of Sulawesi on Wednesday, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS), while Indonesian officials said there was no tsunami threat.

The quake struck in the sea 122 kilometres south-east of the town of Modayag at 0246 GMT at a depth of 20 kilometres.

Mochammad Riyadi, earthquake and tsunami chief of Indonesia's Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency, said the tremor was felt in the northern part of Sulawesi island.

"There are no reports yet of damage or casualties so far, but people reported feeling the quake. We are monitoring closely," he said. "There is no threat of a tsunami."

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

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