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6.1 Magnitude Quake Rattles Indonesia


April 24, 2010 — A 6.1 magnitude earthquake rumbled Indonesia's North Maluku province on Saturday.

There were no immediate reports of damage and no tsunami warnings were issued.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake was centered near Obi island at a depth of around 53 kilometers -- making it around 2,400 kilometers from the capital Jakarta.

In contrast, Indonesia's Meteorology, Geophysics and Climate Agency measured the quake at 6.4 magnitude.

Just a few weeks ago, a massive 7.7 magnitude quake rocked the northwest region of Sumatra. There were no reported deaths or injuries, but a tsunami warning was issued, causing panic for nearby Thailand and Malaysia residents.

Meanwhile last year, a quake killed more than 1,000 people on Sumatra and in 2004, around 230,000 died when a tsunami hit off Indonesia's coast.

The country sits on a series of fault lines, making it one of the most earthquake-prone in the world.

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