6.4-magnitude earthquake strikes eastern Indonesia

Last Updated: Sat, Apr 24, 2010 09:10 hrs

Jakarta: An earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale struck islands in north-eastern Indonesia on Saturday, but there were no immediate reports of injuries and damage, officials said.

The quake occurred at 4.41 p.m. (0741 GMT), the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BMG) said. Its epicentre was 155 km south-east of Labuha city in North Maluku province or about 2,400 km north-east of Jakarta at a depth of 30 km.

The BMG said the quake did not trigger a tsunami. It was the latest of a series of earthquakes to jolt Indonesia in recent months.

A powerful 7.6-magnitude quake struck off the western coast of Sumatra in September, killing thousands and injuring hundreds of others.