Magnitude 7.2 quake strikes off Indonesia
A magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck off Indonesia, just one minute after a strong 6.6 tremor hit a few miles north, the U.S. Geological Survey reported yesterday.
The USGS said the second quake, which hit at 2:11 a.m. yesterday, 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.
Indonesia sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire" and is prone to earthquakes.