Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Earthquake - Indonesia (Fakfak) NOV

JAKARTA, Nov. 6 (Xinhua) -- An earthquake measuring 6.5 magnitude on the Richter scale jolted eastern most of Indonesia on Tuesday, but there was no report of damages or casualty, the Indonesian Meteorology and Geophysics Agency said.

The quake occurred at 13:41 Jakarta time (0641 GMT) with epicenter at 200 kilometers northwest Fakfak town of Irian Jaya Barat province and at 49 kilometers in depth, an official of the agency said.

In 2004, over 170,000 people died in Aceh province in the northern tip of the island after a tsunami triggered by a powerful quake devastated coastal areas of the province and other countries in southeast Asia.

Indonesia lies at a vulnerable zone so called "the Pacific Ringof Fire", where two continental plates, stretching from the Western Hemisphere through Japan and Southeast Asia, meet, causing frequent volcanic movements. - Source

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