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Moderate quake strikes western Indonesia

A MODERATE quake with magnitude of 5.6 on the Richter scale rocked off Sumatra Island in western parts of Indonesia today, with no report of damage or casualty, meteorology agency said.

The quake struck at 7:01am Jakarta time (0001 GMT) with epicenter at 175 kilometers southwest of Gunungsitoli in North Sumatra province and at 51 kilometers in depth, an official of the agency said.

On March 28, 2005, a powerful earthquake rattled Nias island of North Sumatra province Sumatra and left 900 dead.

Indonesia sits at a vulnerable zone called "the Pacific Ring of Fire" where two continental plates, stretching from the Western Hemisphere through Japan and Southeast Asia, meet, causing frequent volcanic movements.


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