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Undersea quake rocks East Timor
No reports of injuries or damage in Dili due to tremor, which had a magnitude of 6.4.
Last Modified: 19 Apr 2008 07:13 GMT


An undersea quake measuring above 6.0 on the Richter scale has struck off the East Timor coast, shaking buildings in the capital, Dili, Indonesian and US meteorological agencies say.
There were no reports of injuries or damage due to Saturday's earthquake, an Indonesian Meteorological and Geophysics Agency official said.
 
While the Indonesia meteorological agency put the tremor at a magnitute of 6.4, the US Geological Survey said it was 6.0.
Both the agencies said the quake struck about 88km north of the capital, Dili, at a depth of approximately 11km.
 
East Timor lies in the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire where earthquakes are frequent.
 
"The tremor was very strong and shook everything in my house," the Reuters news agency quoted Ruben Ximenes, a technician for the United Nations in Dili, as saying.
 
"All I could do was run away."
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