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Strong Subsea Earthquake Shakes Indonesia

17 August 2011

A strong subsea earthquake struck the Ceram Sea region of Indonesia at 8:04 PM local time (12:04 PM GMT) on Tuesday.

The European Mediterranean Seismological Centre said the earthquake measured 6.2 magnitude on the Richter Scale while the United States Geological Survey said the quake measured 5.8 magnitude.

The quake epicentre was located 155 km (96 miles) N of Ambon, Moluccas, Indonesia; 348 km (216 miles) SSE of Ternate, Moluccas, Indonesia; 744 km (462 miles) NNE of Dili, Timor-Leste; and 1166 km (724 miles) NNW of Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia.

The USGS estimated that the quake struck at a depth of 37.2 km (23.1 miles).

No tsunami warning was issued and there were no immediate reports of damage.