Strong earthquake rocks eastern Indonesia

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Associated Press

Posted on October 12, 2012 at 12:04 AM

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A strong earthquake has jolted parts of eastern Indonesia, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

Indonesia's meteorology and geophysics agency said there was no danger of a tsunami, but the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was a "very small possibility" for a tsunami near the epicenter.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake measured magnitude 6.7 and was centered 108 kilometers (67 miles) north of Dobo on Aru island chain of the provincial capital of Maluku, at a depth of 24 kilometers (15 miles).

Indonesia, the world's largest archipelago nation, is prone to seismic upheaval due to its location on the Pacific "Ring of Fire," an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin.

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