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Two strong quakes recorded near Indonesia, no major damage reported

Earthquake: 7.3 quake strikes near Ambon, Indonesia
Location of the epicenter of the second earthquake, in Indonesia’s Banda Sea.
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A strong earthquake struck Monday in Indonesia’s Banda Sea, but authorities said there is no tsunami threat.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude 7.3 quake was centered 129 miles below the earth’s surface. It was felt in parts of Indonesia and in East Timor’s capital Dili but there were no reports of damage.

Indonesia’s geophysics agency said the deep quake didn’t cause a tsunami.

The Banda Sea quake was recorded minutes after a 6.1 temblor in a thinly populated area 144 miles west of Papua province’s Abepura town, at a depth of 12 miles.

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Rahmat Triyono, Indonesia’s head of the earthquake and tsunami center, said the Papua quake was followed by several smaller aftershocks, but there was no immediate report of major damage or injuries.

Indonesia is prone to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions due to its location along the Pacific “Ring of Fire.” A powerful Indian Ocean quake and tsunami in 2004 killed a total of 230,000 people in a dozen countries, most of them in Indonesia.


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