Thursday, November 15, 2007

Earthquake - Indonesia (Halmahera) NOV

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 14 (Bernama) -- Indonesia's Halmahera, the largest island of the Moluccas, was shaken by a magnitude 6.0 earthquake at 12.29pm today, the latest in a series of temblors which have rocked provinces in Asia and the Pacific over the past week.

According to an alert by the Malaysian Meteorological Department, the quake occurred 245km east of Manado in Indonesia and 1,035km southeast of Tawau in Sabah. No tsunami warning was issued.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported in its website that the quake epicentre was at the depth of 99.4km.

It was the strongest quake in Asia-Pacific monitored by the USGS over the past week, a tad stronger than the magnitude 5.5 temblor which hit south of the Mariana Islands on Monday.

Also on Monday, Indonesia's Taulud islands, north of Sulawesi, were rocked by a moderate quake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale.

-- BERNAMA - Source

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