27 Dec 2009

Strong quake hits off Indonesian island

8:20 am on 27 December 2009

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.7 hit off the Indonesian island of Maluku on Saturday, as people across Asia marked the fifth anniversary of the tsunami that killed almost a quarter of a million people.

There no reports of a tsunami nor any immediate reports of casualties.

The quake struck at 15.57pm local time, about 152 kilometres northwest of Tual, Maluku province, at a depth of 67 kilometres, the Indonesian Meteorology and Geophysics Agency said.

A later US Geological Survey report registered the quake, in the Banda Sea, at a magnitude of 6.0.