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Strong 6.8 quake hits near East Timor

August 30, 2011

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DILI, East Timor — A powerful 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck deep beneath the seabed near East Timor on Tuesday but no tsunami warning was issued, a local geophysics agency said.

The quake hit at 13:57 pm (0657 GMT) at a depth of 469 kilometres (291 miles), about 271 kilometres northeast of the capital, Dili, according to Indonesia’s geophysics agency.

“We did not issue a tsunami warning. There are no reports of damage so far,” said Novita, an official at Indonesia’s national quake centre.

“The quake was felt by the people in Timor island, but not strongly,” she said.

Hotel residents in Dili ran out of their buildings when they felt the quake, but there were no reports of damage.

East Timor sits on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, where the meeting of continental plates causes high seismic activity.

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