Indonesia earthquake: 6.5 tremor strikes off Java


PUBLISHED Tue, October 18, 2016 - 8:39pm EDT
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A strong earthquake (gempa) with a preliminary magnitude of 6.5 has struck off the Indonesian island of Java, with shaking felt as far away as Jakarta and Yogyakarta, seismologists say. No tsunami warning has been issued. (more)





The earthquake, which struck at 7:26 a.m. local time on Wednesday, was centered about 189 kilometers (117 miles) northeast of Jakarta, or about 207 kilometers (128 miles) northeast of Bandung, according to Indonesia's seismological agency BMKG.

BMKG put the earthquake's preliminary magnitude at 6.5, while the United States Geological Survey (USGS) put the preliminary magnitude at 6.2. The tremor struck at a depth of about 654 kilometers (406 miles), making it a deep earthquake.

There is no threat of a tsunami, according to seismologists.

Shaking from the tremor was felt across a large area, witnesses said.

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Indonesia is on the so-called 'Pacific Ring of Fire', an arc of fault lines circling the Pacific Basin that is prone to frequent and large earthquakes. In December 2004, a magnitude-9.1 tremor, one of the most powerful earthquakes ever recorded, struck off the west coast of Sumatra, unleashing a massive tsunami that struck scores of countries and killed at least 227,898 people.

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