6.3 Quake Hits Indonesia No Tsunami

A 6.3-magnitude earthquake has hit Central Java around 120 kilometres south-west of Cilacap at a depth of 24 kilometres, local officials said.

The local meteorology, climatology and geophysics agency said there was no tsunami alert.

A disaster management official in Cilacap said so far there was no report of damage from the area although it had caused panic.

“When the quake hit, we felt a strong tremor. Many people ran outside their houses,” said the official, named Suherman.

“Now the disaster management officials are trying to calm people here, saying there is no threat of a tsunami.”

Indonesia sits on the Pacific ring of fire, where the meeting of continental plates causes high seismic activity and is frequently hit by earthquakes.

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