Earthquake of magnitude 6.9 strikes Banda Sea off Indonesia

JAKARTA (AFP, REUTERS) – A 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck eastern Indonesia on Friday (Aug 21), the US Geological Survey reported, but there was no tsunami warning issued and no immediate reports of casualties or major damage.

The undersea tremor struck at a depth of more than 600km about 220km south of Katabu on the island of Sulawesi, the agency said, with reports that it was felt hundreds of kilometres away from the epicentre.

Deep quakes tend to cause less damage than shallow ones.

The Tsunami Service Provider Indonesia said the quake was not powerful enough to trigger a tsunami in the Indian Ocean region.

Indonesia, which sits on the Pacific’s seismically active “Ring of Fire”, has suffered deadly earthquakes and tsunamis.

This story is developing.

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