6.8 quake rattles Indonesia

A 6.8 earthquake rumbled off the western coast of the Indonesian Nias island region Tuesday afternoon. Tsunami warning officials said there is little risk of a widespread tsunami, though.

BY HEATHER MOYER | NIAS, Indonesia | May 16, 2006


A 6.8 earthquake rumbled off the western coast of the Indonesian Nias island region Tuesday afternoon.

The quake struck near the island Wednesday local time there, but there are no reports of damage or injuries yet.

A Pacific Tsunami Warning Center bulletin state that there is no risk of a huge tsunami from this earthquake. According to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center bulletin, "a destructive widespread tsunami threat does not exist based on historical earthquake and tsunami data.

"However, there is a very small possibility of a local tsunami that could affect coasts located usually no more than a hundred kilometers from the earthquake epicenter. Authorities in the region near the epicenter should be made aware of this possibility."

According to United States Geological Survey information, the quake occurred 1.9 kilometers below ground some 270 kilometers from the nearest land - the town of Sibolga on the Indonesian island of Sumatra.


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