Strong earthquake strikes off Indonesia's Talaud islands

JAKARTA, Indonesia, 12th January, 2016 (WAM) -- A strong earthquake has struck off North Sulawesi province in central Indonesia, but there have been no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

The Saudi Press Agency, SPA, quoted the U.S. Geological Survey as saying that the magnitude-6.4 quake hit 265 kilometers (165 miles) north-northwest of Melonguane in North Maluku province, 233 kilometers (145 miles) southeast of Sarangani in the Philippines, at a depth of 12.9 kilometers (8 miles).

The Indonesia Meteorology and Geophysics Agency said the quake, which struck just 22 minutes before midnight Monday has no potential to trigger a tsunami.


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