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6.1-magnitude quake strikes off Indonesia's Java

25 january 2014, 12:38
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Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (C) and First Lady Ani Yudhoyono (C kneeling) speaks to residents displaced by the Mount Sinabung volcano eruption at an evacuation center. ©AFP
Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (C) and First Lady Ani Yudhoyono (C kneeling) speaks to residents displaced by the Mount Sinabung volcano eruption at an evacuation center. ©AFP
A 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck off Indonesia's main island of Java on Saturday, the US Geological Survey reported, but local officials said there was no risk of a tsunami, AFP reports.

The quake struck at 12:14 pm (0514 GMT), 39 kilometres (24 miles) south-southeast of the coastal town of Adipala in Central Java province at a depth of 83 kilometres, the USGS said.

"There's no potential for a tsunami and we haven't received any reports of damage or casualties so far," meteorology, climatology and geophysics agency technical chief Suharjono, who goes by one name, told AFP.

Indonesia sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", where tectonic plates collide, causing frequent seismic and volcanic activity.

A 6.1-magnitude quake that struck Aceh province on Sumatra island in July 2013 killed at least 35 people and left thousands homeless.

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