Saturday, November 22, 2008

Indonesia hit by 6.8 magnitude quake

A large magnitude earthquake has struck off 130 km the coast of Indonesia, CNN has reported. The USGS said the 6.8 magnitude quake struck at 23:01 local time [16:01 GMT] near to Sumatra [4.188S, 101.009E] at a depth of 4 km. Another 6.8 magnitude earthquake also struck within seconds of the Indonesian tremor near the South-East Loyalty Islands in the Pacific Ocean [22.519S, 171.235E]. However the depth was measured at around 55 km, thus posing a less significant threat. An aftershock also struck off Indonesia, measuring 5.7 on the Richter scale. Hitting 10 minutes after the first tremor it was deeper, at around 10 km, and 100 km from the coast [CNN].

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