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Magnitude 7.2 quake strikes off Indonesia – USGS


29 Sep 2010 18:19:16 GMT
Source: Reuters
WASHINGTON, Sept 29 (Reuters) – A magnitude 7.2 quake struck off Indonesia, just one minute after a strong 6.6 tremor hit a few miles north, the U.S. Geological Survey reported on Wednesday.
The USGS said the second quake, which hit at 2:11 a.m. on Thursday (1711 GMT on Wednesday), was only 7.6 miles (12.3 km) deep and centered 68 miles (109 km) northwest of Dobo, in the Aru Islands, very close to the first quake. It was not immediately known whether the quake caused any damage or casualties.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the quakes did not trigger an ocean-wide tsunami warning but could cause local tsunamis that could be destructive along the coasts located within a few hundred miles (km) of the epicenter.
Indonesia sits on the Pacific “Ring of Fire” and is prone to earthquakes.
(Reporting by Sandra Maler, Editing by David Storey)

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