- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 10, 2008

JAKARTA — Indonesia’s meteorology agency lifted a tsunami warning issued on Thursday after a strong undersea quake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale hit the eastern Moluccas islands.

The quake happened at a depth of 10 kilometres (6.2 miles) at 2200 GMT, 122 kilometres northwest of Ternate city in North Maluku province, the meteorology and geophysics bureau said.

There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

The United States Geological Survey measured the quake at 6.6 and said it occurred at a depth of 93 kilometres.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology also reported a 6.6-magnitude quake in the North Maluku area and said it was felt over the southern Philippine island of Mindanao.

“I felt the shaking but it wasn’t really strong,” said Ojihan Washab, a hospital worker in Ternate.

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