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Powerful 6.5 magnitude earthquake strikes eastern Indonesia

A powerful 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck off the distant Maluku islands in eastern Indonesia Thursday, US seismologists said, however, no tsunami warning has been issued.

There were no immediate reports of casualties or significant damage in the region, that was rocked by powerful quakes before.

“I was annoyed with my loved ones when suddenly the house began to shake,” said an AFP reporter at Ambon.

“The quake was mighty. We conducted out of our home and saw the neighbors fleeing too. Everyone else was panicking.”

Indonesia experiences frequent seismic and volcanic activity because of its place on the Pacific”Ring of Fire,” in which tectonic plates collide.

This past year, a 7.5-magnitude quake and a subsequent tsunami in Palu on Sulawesi island leftover 4,300 individuals missing or dead.

On December 26, 2004, a catastrophic 9.1-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Sumatra and triggered a tsunami that killed 220,000 across the area, including approximately 170,000 in Indonesia.