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6.5-magnitude earthquake hits off Indonesia's Maluku

Staff Writer |
A 6.5-magnitude earthquake jolted off the southern coast of east Indonesia's Maluku Province on Saturday night, the Indonesian Meteorological and Geophysical Agency said.

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No casualties or damage have been reported so far, according to the agency.

The quake struck at 20:27 local time and the epicenter was 275 km east of Southwest Maluku Regency with a depth of 162 km under the sea.

Meanwhile, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) put the magnitude at 6.3 with a depth of 140.6 km.

The Indonesian Meteorological and Geophysical Agency said there was no potential for tsunami.

Indonesia sits on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire where several tectonic plates meet, making it vulnerable to frequent earthquakes.

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