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6.6-magnitude quake hits Aceh, Indonesia

2012-06-23 05:47:27 GMT2012-06-23 13:47:27(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

JAKARTA, June 23 (Xinhua) -- An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.6 jolted Aceh province in northern tip of Sumatra island on Saturday, the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency reported here.

The USGS reported the quake was at 5.9 magnitude.

The quake struck at 11:34 a.m. Jakarta tme (0434 GMT) Saturday. The epicenter was at 24 km northwest Kota Subulus Alam of Aceh province with a depth of 103 km under the earth, an official of the agency told Xinhua by phone.

The intensity of the quake was felt at 4 MMI (Modified Mercally Intensity) in Blang Pidie and Sibolga and 2 MMI in Sibolga and 3 MMI in Banda Aceh, he said.

"No reports of damage or casualty are received so far, as the center of the quake was deep," the official said

Indonesia sits on a vulnerable quake-prone zone called "the Pacific Ring of Fire".

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