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Strong Quake Hits Indonesia; No Tsunami Threat

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JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) - A strong earthquake has struck off eastern Indonesia, causing panic among residents in East Timor, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage and there was no danger of a tsunami.
    
The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake had a magnitude of 6.5. and was at a depth of 82 miles.
    
Indonesia's Meteorology and Geophysics Agency says the deep quake had no potential to cause a tsunami.
    
In Dili, the capital of the tiny half-island nation of East Timor, people poured out of houses and restaurants in panic after the quake struck. Those living near the coast rushed inland to higher ground.
    
Indonesia is prone to seismic upheavals due to its location on the Pacific "Ring of Fire," an arc of volcanoes and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin.
    
A magnitude-9.1 earthquake in 2004 off Aceh, Indonesia's westernmost province, triggered a tsunami, killing 230,000 people in 14 countries. In July, a magnitude-6.1 quake in Aceh killed at least 35 people and damaged more than 4,300 houses and buildings.

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