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. kimberly

    well with all the signs out there i hope you all r reading the bible these are the last days we are told of the warning s and signs of the coming of christ return its cocing down to it its the time we all get ready and repent and be ready for his coiming you will either meet christ as youre savior or you will meet him as youre judge there are only 2 places you can go heaven or hell sorry there are no inbetweens like religion teaches only heaven or hell if youre saved and under the blood of jesus you will enter into heaven if not you will be judged on this earth and sent to heaven.

    April 24, 2010 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ted Gar

    Global warming pure and simple. Volcanoes erupt, Earthquakes left and right.
    Polar Icecaps melting. Mother nature has a way of taking care of herself. And she will do away with the source.. If we dont stop the greenhouse gases. The volcanoes will erupt simulatenously, and so violently,... That the soot and ash will cover the sky and choke us, Not to mention, Freeze us,.. when the sunlight cannot shine through. We will go into a nuclear freeze..

    April 24, 2010 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ted Gar

    We live on the Crust of planet that has a core of Molten Lava..

    April 24, 2010 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Anonymous

    That's all good data right there. There are however geologists that see the earthquake activity in recent memory to be out of the ordinary. "Relative to the twenty-year period from the mid-1970s to the mid-1990s, the earth has been more active over the past fifteen or so years," said Stephen Gao, a geophysicist at Missouri University of Science and Technology.

    The Chile earthquake is already one for the record books. It is seventh on the list of greatest earthquakes ever recorded. In the past 250 years, there have only been two other mass casualty quakes with a greater magnitude. The news of the Chile quake was amazing when you realize it came just a month after the devastating 7.0 quake that struck Haiti. Of course, this tremor was vastly more powerful. One geologist said it released 500 to 700 times more energy. Luckily, it occurred at sea and several miles from a major population center.

    The earthquake that struck the nation of Haiti was so destructive that it took several days for the world to get a grasp of what has happened. The earthquake was a monster by historic standards. The quake killed an estimated 230,000 people.

    Normally, we could say by the frequency of earthquakes in the past that it will be many years before we suffer another super quake. There have been times when there weren’t ever major quakes. Between 1950 and 1960, there was no major loss of life from seismic activity. There was another such gap between 1960 and 1970. But let's look at the last 10 years alone and the record high levels we've seen.

    Jan 26, 2001 India 20,000 dead 7.9earthquake

    Dec 23, 2003 Bam, Iran 30,000 dead 6.6earthquake

    Dec 26, 2004 Indonesia 270,000 dead 9.6earthquake

    Oct 8, 2005 Kashmir, Pakistan 55,000 dead 7.6earthquake

    May 12, 2008 Sichuan, China 70,000 dead 7.9earthquake

    Sept 30, 2009 Sumatra 1100 dead 7.6earthquake

    Jan 12, 2010 Haiti 200,000+ dead 7.0earthquake

    This is a very abnormal trend. It was just few years ago that a great quake struck Indonesia. That earthquake generated a tsunami that killed 270,000 people. The last time we had a death toll of 200,000 was in 1976. The one previous to that was in 1927. Some people might say the death toll is going up because the population has increased over the years. That is a factor, but you can’t account for a rapid increase in deadly quakes. The one that caused greatest loss of life actually occurred 454 years ago. In 1556, a quake in Shansi, China, killed 830,000 people.

    April 24, 2010 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. sibin jose

    As staying in indonesia for the last 8 years.. Yes its quiet often now a days..I was at padang when the big eathquike hit that city... Its a very very scary situation

    April 25, 2010 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. OMG

    Jesus already saved us over 2,000 years ago, where have people been these last 2,000 years? Now all we have to do is rest in Jesus and wait on him, and yes Mathew 24 has begun.

    August 11, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
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