Strong earthquake shakes eastern Indonesia

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- An earthquake has struck eastern
Indonesia.
Officials there say the quake had a magnitude of 7.1, but the
U.S. Geological Survey says it was 6.3.
No tsunami alert has been issued, and no damage or injuries have
been reported yet.
Still, officials and witnesses say the quake sent panicked
residents running out of their homes. One witness tells a radio
station that utility poles were shaking.
Another witness says another quake was felt several hundred
miles away in East Timor (TEE'-mawr).
Indonesia is prone to seismic upheavals because of its location
on the so-called Pacific "Ring of Fire," an arc of volcanoes and
fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin.


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