Moderate quake strikes off eastern Indonesia

JAKARTA, Aug. 14 (Xinhua): A 5.9-magnitude earthquake rocked Indonesia's eastern province of North Maluku (Maluku Utara) on Sunday, the country's Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency said.

The quake hit at 9:47 Jakarta time (0247 GMT), with the epicenter at 139 km northwest of Halmahera Barat (West Halmahera) district and the shallow of 10 km under seabed, the agency said.

The tremors did not trigger a tsunami, it said.

However, it did not pose any tsunami threat to its neighbour Malaysia.

Local officials said the personnel of the local disaster management and mitigation agency will keep conducting risk assessment.

Officials also added that there was no immediate report of casualty or damage in the province.

Indonesia sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", causing it to experience frequent earthquakes.

A 6.2 earthquake shook Indonesia's West Sumatra province in February, killing at least 16 people and injuring more than 400. Thousands of homes and other buildings were damaged by the tremors that were felt as far away as Malaysia and Singapore. - Xinhua

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