A strong earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale has jolted the Indonesian Molucass island on Sunday. The quake, which was earlier reported 6.8 by the US Geological Survey, struck in the Molucass sea 169 kilometers northwest of the city of Ternate at around 11.05 pm local time, (15.05 GMT) at the depth of 69 kilometers under the sea surface.
“So far we have not received any information about what has happened, but there is no tsunami warning," AFP quoted Indonesia's Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency technical chief Suharjono as saying.According to Sukarjan, an official of the country’s disaster management agency in Ternate, there were no immediate reports of possible damages or casualties. "People were sleeping and they ran out of their homes when the ground began to shake. It lasted for 20 seconds, but so far we have no reports of casualties or damage," Sukarjan was quoted by AFP as saying. Indonesia is situated on the Pacific “Ring of Fire” where the continental plates collide, causing frequent seismic and volcanic activities. According to media reports, no Tsunami warnings have been issued in the region. MY/JR