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Quake hits Indonesia: US seismologists

by Staff Writers
Jakarta (AFP) Dec 23, 2010
A 5.6-magnitude earthquake struck off northern Indonesia's Sumatra island Thursday, the US Geological Survey said.

There was no tsunami warning.

The moderate quake struck at a depth of 52 kilometres (32 miles) at 7:01am (0001 GMT) 190 kilometres southeast of Banda Aceh, near the site of a devastating quake in December 2004 that triggered the Asian tsunami.

Indonesia sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", where the meeting of continental plates causes high seismic activity.




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The United States said Tuesday it was saddened by the loss of life in an earthquake in southeastern Iran which killed as many as seven people and injured hundreds more. "The United States is saddened by the loss of life in Monday's earthquake in Kerman, Iran," National Security Council spokesman Mike Hammer said. "The people of Kerman have suffered a great deal as a result of this natura ... read more

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