Earthquake jolts Ambon, Indonesia 2006-09-16 20:22:52

    JAKARTA, Sept. 16 (Xinhua) -- An undersea earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale hit Ambon Island, in Indonesia's Maluku province on Saturday, but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage as well as tsunami alert.

    The earthquake took place at 18:45 local time, a leading news website "Detik" quoted head of the local meteorological and geophysics agency Seny Sipollo as saying.

    The epicenter of the quake was located in the Seram Sea, at 2.61 degree of South Latitude and at 129.54 degree of East Longitudeor some 190 kms northeast of Ambon, capital of Maluku province.

    The quake, which lasted for about two minutes, struck 117 km below the surface of the sea, he added.

    Indonesia, the world's largest archipelago, is prone to seismicupheavals due to its location on the so-called Pacific "Ring of Fire," a string of volcanoes and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin. Enditem

Editor: Yao Runping
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