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Powerful quake rocks Java, Indonesia

Written By vibykhmer on Monday, September 7, 2009 | 4:50 PM

JAKARTA, Sept. 8 (Xinhua) - An earthquake with magnitude of 6.8 jolted Yogyakarta of Java Island on Monday evening, but no report of damage or casualty, meteorology and geophysics agency, and disaster management agency said here.

The intensity of the quake was felt up to the next island of Bali tourist resort, and also next province of West Java, an official of the meteorology and geophysics agency named only Fauzy said.

At the hardest-hit area, Wonosari and Yogyakarta city, which the intensity was felt the highest at 3 to 4 MMI (Modified Mercally Intensity), there were no report of damage or casualty, spokesman of the disaster management agency Priyadi Kardono said.

"We have checked the hit area, particularly Wonosari and Yogyakarta, there was no damage or casualty," he told Xinhua.

The intensity of the quake was also felt at 2 to 3 MMI in GunungKidul and Pangandaran of West Java and Bali Island, said Fauzy.

The quake struck at 23:12 Jakarta time (1612 GMT) with epicenter at 263 kms southeast of Wonosari of Yogyakarta and at 35 kms undersea bed, Fauzy said.

Indonesia, with over 230 million population, sits on a vulnerable quake hit zone known as the Pacific Ring of Fire, where two continental plates, stretching from Western hemisphere to Japan, meet and cause frequent seismic and volcanic movements.


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