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Magnitude 6.3 Quake Hits Southeast of Indonesia’s Sulawesi

December 13, 2011

(Adds comments on tsunami in first paragraph.)

Dec. 13 (Bloomberg) -- A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck 71 kilometers southeast of Gorontalo on Indonesia’s Sulawesi island at 2:52 p.m. Jakarta time today, without any risk of a tsunami, the state geophysics agency said.

The temblor’s depth was 142 kilometers, the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency said in a mobile-phone text message. The quake was felt in Gorontalo city, Yudi Bramantyo, an observer at the local geophysics office, said by telephone. There were no reports of damage or injury, he said.

The USGS measured the earthquake at 6.1 magnitude.

Indonesia, a country of more than 17,000 islands, is prone to earthquakes as it forms part the “Ring of Fire,” an arc of volcanoes and fault lines surrounding the Pacific Basin.

--Editor: Greg Ahlstrand

To contact the reporter on this story: Yoga Rusmana in Jakarta at yrusmana@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Greg Ahlstrand at gahlstrand@bloomberg.net


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