18 Mar 6.6 earthquake hits Indonesia

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Digital Globe satellite image dated 12 April 2004 shows a general overview of a southern part of Banda Aceh, Indonesia, eight months before the earthquake which set off tsunami waves that hit the area. Photo: EPA/Digital Globe
Digital Globe satellite image dated 12 April 2004 shows a general overview of a southern part of Banda Aceh, Indonesia, eight months before the earthquake which set off tsunami waves that hit the area. Photo: EPA/Digital Globe

A strong 6.6-magnitude earthquake hit Indonesia's Molucca Sea on March 17, the US Geological Survey said, but no tsunami alert was issued and there were no reports of damage.

The quake struck at a depth of 41 kilometres (25 miles), 134 kilometres northwest of Kota Ternate at 2212 GMT on March 17, the USGS said.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was no tsunami threat.

Mr Hendra Rahman, an official from Indonesia's meteorology, climatology and geophysics agency, said the quake was felt moderately in Manado, on Sulawesi island, and on the island of Ternate.

But he added there had been no reports of damage.

Indonesia sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire" where continental plates collide, causing frequent seismic and volcanic activity.

A huge undersea quake in 2004 triggered a tsunami that killed more than 170,000 people in Aceh province, on western Sumatra island, and tens of thousands more in other countries with coasts on the Indian Ocean.

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