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Published on : Sunday, December 1, 2013
The quake was centered 343 kilometers (212) miles northwest of coastal town Saumlaki in Maluku province and its magnitude was 6.3 on ricter scale at a depth of 9 kilometers (5.5 miles) below the sea as informed by The U.S. Geological Survey.
Meteorology, Earthquake and Geophysics Agency of Indonesia “Suhardjono” in its preliminary assessment put the magnitude at 6.7 and said that the quake is not likely to trigger a tsunami.
Indonesia The world’s largest archipelago is prone to earthquakes due to its location on the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin.
In 2004, a monster jolt off Indonesia’s Aceh shores triggered a tsunami that hit 12 countries killing 230,000, Most of the them in Aceh, which is one of the tourist hot-spots in Indonesia.