6.3 Earthquake Hits Indonesia No Tsunami

JAKARTA (AFP) – A powerful 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck eastern Indonesia on Wednesday, US seismologists said, but no tsunami warning was issued and there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

The quake struck at a depth of 52km under the Molucca Sea at about 3.40pm, between the islands of Sulawesi and Halmahera, the US Geological Survey said.

Mr Mochammad Riyadi, a senior official from Indonesia’s meteorology, climatology and geophysics agency, said the quake was felt strongly on Halmahera, which is part of the Maluku Island chain.