April 24th, 2010
04:27 AM ET

Indonesia jolted by earthquake

An earthquake that struck Indonesia on Saturday was downgraded to a magnitude 6.0, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The quake, which was initially reported as magnitude 6.1, was centered in the Obi islands, a group of islands in the Indonesian province of Maluku.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. The quake struck at 4:41 p.m. local time and was about 33 miles (53.4 kilometers) deep.

The quake had not triggered a tsunami warning, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

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  1. PJB

    God will not save us, we are being punished for our profligate ways.

    The pious are not repentant. (Catholic church and molestations.)

    The righteous are not observant. (US military in Iraq, Afghanistan and next....Iran?)

    In a world of starvation, we are converting food supplies to make gasoline for automobiles.

    In a world of disease, we are pushing questionable drugs (vaccines) on the public while millions die of preventable conditions like malaria and schistosomiasis.

    In a world of riches, financial institutions are making up ways to profit from foreclosing on our homes and businesses.

    In a world of celebrity, where icons and idols replace the really valuable attributes of friends and family.

    We were given paradise and we have made it into a hell. We are just getting what we deserve.

    April 24, 2010 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
  2. Joel

    Fear is an incredible thing. Fear of larger and more frequent earthquakes, fear of a collider running at full power creating a black hole, fear of losing your job and not getting another one, and the best of all, fear that you are going to burn in hell if you don't embrace organized religion NOW!!! All explanations as to why these earthquakes are occurring are valid, each and every one of them. It's all about how you perceive the outcome. If you believe the world will end in 2012 and a 10.5 earthquake will take you with it, then that is what is going to happen for you. If everyone stops worrying about what is occurring throughout the cycles of the earth and sun (do we have 1 million years of recorded history to prove otherwise?), then we will be just fine. I'm more concerned about those nay-sayers, as they are the ones helping to keep those fears in place. From die-hard religion to ultra-political-anti-marijuana-conservatism to white supremacy, the fear is ramped up, now that we get to hear everyone's opinion on every story, even the good ones. Just read these blogs. You cannot go five minutes without someone making a derogatory comment after someone just died and everyone is stating how wonderful that person was. I'm not concerned about the earthquakes. I'm concerned about what our fears are collectively doing to this planet (yes, I said it, scrutinize me now!!). And more so about what lengths people are willing to go to enforce their "i'm right, you're wrong" mentality. Once apple release the iTeleporter, and angry bloggers can force their mentality on you right in your own living room, then we will be in trouble!

    April 24, 2010 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
  3. Hubie

    Josh I incline to believe that you are right. I have said that many times that these are sings of Christ is nearing His return. Yes we as christians do understand that Jesus left on record that these are signs that time is getting short, and Christ is GIVING us signs THAT time is nearing.

    April 24, 2010 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
  4. PaddyReagan

    The earth has been rattling around for billions of years, plates shifting, volcanos forming new land masses, oceans rising and falling. Now, man, a relative newcomer to the premises, appears and we feel a need to explain those actions. Pumping oil, the Hadron Collider, ancient predictions, and, of course, the magical return of JC are examples.

    Arrogance reins supreme as we try to place blame or take credit for simple, physical realities that occur during one of the quiet times on our planet when we've been able to establish ourselves and flourish. We know why these events occur just as we know that lightning will kill a few people each year, no matter what we do. Put down the "End is Near" signs and enjoy all that planet Earth provides. Like Billy Joel said, "We didn't start the fire!" and most of us won't die from it either. Quit blaming mankind and using your iteration of a supreme being as a death threat. Natural events are not recruiting tools.

    April 24, 2010 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  5. boobica

    this has nothing to do with god and everything to do with science, stop trying to make excuses for things bigger than your insignificant little lives

    April 24, 2010 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  6. James

    I have to believe that if the Second Coming were nigh, God would have a better signal than a 5-15% rise in the frequency of mild earthquakes in tectonic hotspots.

    April 24, 2010 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
  7. Kathy

    The only thing that is going to end our existence is humans themselves. The earth is way overpopulated and can only support the amount of people on it for so long. Our world is crumbling before our eyes and we have no one to blame but ourselves and the way we have evolved. Our kids don't stand a chance if something catastrophic should happen. They have been brought up in such a way that technology is all they know.

    Far as earthquakes are concerned, they are just a part of nature and the media has turned something that is normal into a potential mass hysteria.

    April 24, 2010 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
  8. Ruby Ransonette

    The individuals who have watched the "Rings of Fire" for years has always watched for this incident to happen. The middle of this earth is so hot, and has always been, is now at a point that it is beyond the problem to control the lava to be released. We arrived to this earth at a time when the land had been cooled. Now the center is at a point to release the pressure through volacanos causeing the shift in the earthand the earthquakes. We just have to pray God will spare us, maybe not all, be some souls.

    April 24, 2010 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  9. Entertained in Seattle

    Oh good grief. These earthquakes happen all the time. Sure we're in a bit more of an active period, but not really more than any other time. The news is just covering them more since the earthquake in haiti. If Indonesia, Alaska and Japan didn't have at least one 5.0+ earthquake in a year it would truly be unusual.

    On the other hand, if you do truly think this is the end of days, do us all a favor, and head out to Jerusalem for the rapture and leave the rest of us alone.

    April 24, 2010 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  10. foxglove

    Earth quakes have been happening for millions and millions of years. We have better and more technology to measure and account for this activity. People have been saying Christ is coming every time any thing happens. A little nutty if you ask me. We know so little about who was "Christ"even if it was one as it was all handed down in stories and different groups changed the story to suit their groups.

    April 24, 2010 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  11. shad

    I think this is a chain reaction, when there is a major earthquake in one part of the world that is strong enough to knock the earth off it's axis there is bound to be reactions in other part of the world to counterbalance or have the earth "correct" itself.
    Kind of like a adjustment when you go to the chiropractor, it is just readjusting itself and will settle back down in time.
    Panic helps nothing! Get a disaster kit ready and be prepared.

    April 24, 2010 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  12. Guest

    In response to Luis Sancho.....Well this would explain the new "Nuclear" policy we are trying to enstate. If this Large Hydron Collider could do all that then don't worry folks, I'm sure us humans will destroy the earth before God or Jesus has a chance to return.

    April 24, 2010 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  13. Alan Eshelman

    Why is it "end times" when a volcano in Iceland blows ash, but not when one in the Philippines does so? Why is it "end times" when earthquakes come at the same rate this year as they have in other years?
    I admit that they are hitting near populated areas more often this year, but that's the only data I've seen that is at all out of the ordinary.
    When something truly unusual happens, like the fault under NYC or the New Madrid fault in the midwest give way to a damaging earthquake, then I'll give "end times" some consideration.

    April 24, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  14. Steverino

    Wow! These comments are endlessly entertaining. Earthquakes are as common as rain. But then again, so are religious nuts and conspiracy theory wackos.

    April 24, 2010 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  15. Rtgelesjy

    Honestly, where do you guys think that the writers of the bible go the idea for earthquakes? The merely observed the world around them, an associated natures most power phenomenon with the wrath of god. Do all of you remember when all of those hurricanes hit the US a couple of years ago and everyone said it was the wrath of god? We are still, here are we not? And as far as finding your faith be for it's to late.... If you are a person of faith should you not love your religion and your god even in times where you do not suppose that he is warning you of an impending cataclysm? Pick up a REAL book and read about earthquakes. Geologists have made great strides in the understanding of how the earth works. Many of the people that are posting here are completely overlooking the hard work of many scientists to take the word of a centuries old book. Another thing that concerns me is the complete lack of apathy for those people living in the areas of the recent quakes. These are the ones who have truly suffered the fury of nature. And lastly, only a compete idiot would be surprised by an earthquake in Indonesia....it is one of the worlds most active seismic zones.

    April 24, 2010 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
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