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Earthquake hits Indonisian coast

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posted on Jan, 27 2006 @ 02:25 PM
I just came across this on the AP and have been unable to find more so far.

Major Earthquake Hits Off Indonesian Coast

A magnitude-7.7 undersea earthquake rocked eastern Indonesia early Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. There was no danger of a tsunami, and no injuries were reported.

The earthquake occurred in the Banda Sea about 120 miles south of Ambon city, the USGS said. It occurred at a depth of 212 miles.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said no destructive tsunami threat existed.

Amran, an official at Indonesia's meteorological agency in the capital, Jakarta, said there were no immediate reports of damages or injuries. Like many Indonesians, he goes by only one name.

The Internet news portal reported from Ambon that people fled their houses in panic when the earthquake, which lasted about two minutes, struck.

Ambon is about 1,600 miles east of Jakarta.

Indonesia, the world's largest archipelago, is prone to seismic upheaval because of its location atop a volcanically active region known as the Pacific "Ring of Fire."

A Dec. 26, 2004, earthquake of magnitude 9 off the Indonesian coast generated a tsunami that left at least 216,000 people dead or missing and nearly 2 million homeless in 11 countries.

The true toll will probably never be known — many bodies were lost at sea and in some cases the populations of some places struck were not accurately known.

Three months later, another strong tremor killed more than 900 on Nias and smaller surrounding islands in western Indonesia.

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I am no geologist but it certianly seems that given all the sesmic activity around "The Ring of Fire" it seems as if the Christmas 2004 earthquake is still resonating...that or either they are all precusors to a much larger geological event.

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posted on Jan, 27 2006 @ 02:52 PM
i got nothing on the news wire on this one.....


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