August 5, 2008

Earthquake Strikes Indonesia

An earthquake measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale rocked eastern parts of Indonesia Tuesday but officials said no tsunami or casualties were reported.

The quake's epicenter was about 145 miles northwest of Saumlaki in Maluku province and 106 miles under the sea bed, reported Xinhua, China's state-run news agency.

The quake had potential for tsunami but it did not occur and we did not issue the warning, a meteorologist with a local agency told Xinhua.