Powerful 6.9 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes off Indonesia

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A powerful earthquake hit eastern Indonesia on Wednesday evening, as ‘screaming’ islanders fled from their homes.

The quake measured a magnitude of 6.9 and struck in the Banda Sea, the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said.

The earthquake happened at a depth 73 miles in the sea, and 128 miles northwest of the nearest city, Saumlaki, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The earthquake was not powerful enough to trigger a tsunami in the Indian Ocean region, the Indonesia Tsunami Service Provider said.  It caused moderate shaking with no injuries or economic losses.

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Indonesia, home to 260million people, is located in the so-called Ring of Fire, meaning it is often hit by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis.

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