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Strong 6.8-magnitude quake hits East Timor

/ 03:38 PM August 30, 2011

JAKARTA—A powerful 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck deep under 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 kilometers (291 miles) around 271 kilometers north east of the capital, Dili, according to Indonesia’s geophysics agency.

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

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

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

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