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. Dude

    We have so far had arecord low number of earhtquakes for the year, and you fools are talking about the second coming of Christ? Lol!!

    Hey doomsdayers, how about you go check your facts first. 2010 so far is the lowest amount of quakes over 5.2 in the last 30 years.


    April 24, 2010 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  2. Timothy

    Folks, earth quakes happen every day around the world. It's just easier for the news people to use it as a filler for all the 24 hr news that's out here. It's when we STOP having earth quakes is when we are in trouble.

    April 24, 2010 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  3. Dude

    The reason you hear about it more is because the media now has a story to sell about it: doomsday/2012/whatever crap they are feeding currently.

    Earth could end tomorrow, or in a million years. Who knows. What we DO know, is that so far we have had the lowest amount of 5.0+ quakes in record for the year. If we continue this pace, 2010 will have the lowest amount of quakes recorded in the last 30 years. 🙂

    The media is feeding on it because there is a story to sell. If the quake that struck Haiti would have been in some unpopulated area, would media even jump on it? Now that we have had the Haiti and the one in Chile both in populated areas, they are jumping on every quake story it seems.

    April 24, 2010 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  4. Dude

    Shad you are correct. Once the plates are moving they will need to adjust. It is a chain reaction.


    April 24, 2010 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  5. vivian

    Those of us who read our Bibles on a regular basis understand what these earthquakes mean. Only man could be so arrogant to ignore it or try to explain it away when it is written in black and white for all to see.

    April 24, 2010 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  6. Christopher Blackwell

    End times? Please. So far we have lucked out, Imagine if the volcano eruption had triggered a second one like the ones that caused starvation in Europe for several years. The earthquakes have been rough on the victims, but there have been far worse in the past. If this were God wrath don't you think he would have done it in the richest areas and not in some of the poorest areas of the world. Now if Moscow, London, New York City collapse then you might start talking, but nothing really unusual has happened yet.

    The earth has seen far worse disasters before man even existed. I wonder what sins the dinosaurs committed, or any of the other life forms that have been destroyed losing over 90% of the life on this planet. Until we see something on that scale, don't feed me this phony God's wrath.

    April 24, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Sasha L

    I'm Indonesian and earthquakes are common here. That doesn't mean we have it every single day but I'm not surprise when a 6.0 hit an area anywhere in Indonesia. I have to agree with Ryan C, those are proven facts.

    April 24, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jennifer

    ooh boyyy...i dont know what to think..i am a severe worrier and am very gullable. Ever since i watched some history channel show about the world ending in 2012, i have been in panic mode. it's bad i cannot stop thinking about it. i have a 4 year old and i cannot imagine not living to see him grow into a man. I know this is no way to live the rest of my life if it is going to happen but what do people think? it just seems that everything the myans predicted has happened so far up to the rise in natural disasters. and not to mention Nostrodamous, i just think its scary that they all picked the same end date??! i guess i just want to know what others are thinking and feeling on this topic and if there is anything we can do to stop this!?! HELPPPPPPP

    April 24, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  9. emanon

    If what some of you folks are saying is that we are more aware of happening earthquakes due to the one in Haiti, i believe the same belief should apply to the 2004 earthquake in Indonesia, which caused the boxing day tsunami. (which by the way affected more than one country.)

    But if memory serves, i don't remember a rise in earthquakes, more less, the reportage of it following the december 2004 disaster.

    April 24, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  10. scott

    End Times??? People who believe in "end times" are proof that we came from monkeys.

    Maybe if we burn some witches it won't happen too soon!

    April 24, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Thuan

    We don't even need earthquakes to tell us that we are in the end times.

    April 24, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Janet

    Amen Thuan... we have plenty of evidence aside from earthquakes ..come quickly lord Jesus ... praying for the scoffers...

    April 24, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ron

    Wow...the earthquakes in diverse places are now very common...Surely some revelation is at hand; Surely the Second Coming is at hand... (Yeats)...enough said.

    April 24, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  14. George in Iowa

    I'm not so good at the computer. My friend Earl is helping me.

    I heard somwhere that earthquakes make fish bigger. That's why god makes them happen in the ocean usually.

    Now my question for all of you bleeding heart types out there is this: How can you say that people dying and starvin is bad AND say that earthquakes are bad.

    If the fish get bigger then more people can eat.

    April 24, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Brandon

    Large Earthquakes are common. Don't be duped. Educate yourself.

    Earthquakes are being sensationalized by the media to capitalize on what happened to haiti and everyone's fear that what happened there could happen to them. They are probably hyping that the "big one" is going to happen soon, but truth is..they don't really get much bigger than 8...ever. You can even ask the USGS.

    Also expect a bunch of earthquake movies to come out in the next year because of the renewed interest in them.

    April 24, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
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