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Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014

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6.5-magnitude quake strikes central Indonesia: USGS

AFP | Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014

An Indian Ocean-wide tsunami exercise at the command centre of the quake monitoring and tsunami early warning division at Indonesia's Agency for Meteorological, Climatological and Geophysics on September 9, 2014.

JAKARTA - A 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck off the central Indonesian island of Sulawesi on Wednesday, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS), while Indonesian officials said there was no tsunami threat.

The quake struck in the sea 122 kilometres (75 miles) southeast of the town of Modayag at 0246 GMT at a depth of 20 kilometres.

Indonesia's Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency earthquake and tsunami chief Mochammad Riyadi said that the tremor was felt in the northern part of Sulawesi island.

"There are no reports yet of damage or casualties so far, but people reported feeling the quake. We are monitoring closely," he said.

"There is no threat of a tsunami." Indonesia sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire" where continental plates collide, causing frequent seismic and volcanic activity.

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