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6.5 magnitude earthquake jolts eastern Indonesia's Maluku

Christian Fernsby |
A 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck off Indonesia's eastern Maluku province early on Thursday, but there was no risk of a tsunami, the Meteorology and Geophysics agency said.

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The agency revised the quake's magnitude down to 6.5 from an earlier measurement of 6.8, official at the agency Ali Imron told Xinhua.

The tremor of the quake caused minor damages to infrastructure facilities, disaster agency officials said.

The quake rocked at 6:46 a.m. Jakarta time Thursday (2346 GMT Wednesday) with the epicenter 40 km northeast Ambon, the provincial capital, at a depth of 10 km.

"This quake is not potential to trigger tsunami, so that no warning was issued," official at the agency Alfart Abubakar told Xinhua.

An aftershock of 5.6 magnitude followed the main shock at 7:39 a.m. Jakarta time (0039 GMT), the agency said.

The jolts of the quake caused minor damages to a building of Patimura university and cracks on a bridge in the city, spokesman of National Disaster Management Agency Agus Wibowo told Xinhua.

Indonesia is vulnerable to earthquake as the country lies on a quake-prone zone of the "Pacific Ring of Fire."

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