September 29th, 2010
02:00 PM ET

Preliminary 6.6 quake strikes Indonesia

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.6 struck Wednesday near the southern coast of Papua, Indonesia, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

The quake hit at about 2 a.m. Thursday (1 p.m. ET Wednesday) about 68 miles (110 kilometers) north-northwest of Indonesia's Aru islands, the USGS said.

No tsunami warning was issued. There were no immediate reports of damage.

This story is developing. We'll bring you the latest information as we get it.
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  1. Sean in AZ

    Thanks to MSNBC for staying current:

    JAKARTA, Indonesia — A magnitude 7.2 quake struck off Indonesia, just one minute after a strong 6.6 tremor hit a few miles north, the U.S. Geological Survey reported Wednesday.

    The USGS said the second quake, which hit at 2:11 a.m. on Thursday, was only 7.6 miles deep and centered 68 miles northwest of Dobo, in the Aru Islands, very close to the first quake.

    It was not immediately known whether the quake caused any damage or casualties.

    The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the quakes did not trigger an ocean-wide tsunami warning but could cause local tsunamis that could be destructive along the coasts located within a few hundred miles of the epicenter.

    September 29, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. phil

    Thanx for the update. I nominate you for the cub reporter award.

    September 29, 2010 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Andrew

    Papua was traded in the US drafted New York Agreement by the Netherlands to Indonesian rule. To quote the Dept of State summary for 1961-63, "the Bureau of European Affairs was sympathetic to the Dutch view that annexation by Indonesia would simply trade white for brown colonialism."

    Another unwilling colony hosting an American gold mine while the Cold-war is still being used as the smoke-screen to convince the US to continue funding the Indonesian military against Papuan demands for a vote.

    As the US Dept. of State said in 1963 "The underlying reason that the Kennedy administration pressed the Netherlands to accept this agreement was that it believed that Cold War considerations of preventing Indonesia from going Communist overrode the Dutch case."

    October 1, 2010 at 6:54 am | Report abuse |