Saturday, December 15, 2007

Jakarta Shook by 7.1 Magnitude Earthquake

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP)- A strong earthquake shook eastern Indonesia on Saturday, sending panicked residents running out of their homes.

The tremor struck with a preliminary magnitude of 7.1 at a depth of about 60 miles in Maluku province, about 1,700 miles east of the capital, Jakarta, according to the Indonesian Meteorology and Geophysics Agency. The U.S. Geological Survey put the quake at a magnitude 6.3.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries and no tsunami alert was issued...

Indonesia, the world’s largest archipelago with 17,500 islands, is prone to seismic upheavals because of its location on the so-called Pacific “Ring of Fire,” an arc of volcanoes and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin.

Imagine the overwhelming fear the people of Indonesia must have felt and perhaps are still feeling after this quake, given the devastation of several years ago when a similar deep ocean quake occurred killing a multitude of people.

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