Strong earthquake strikes Indonesia

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A 6.3-magnitude earthquake jolted eastern Indonesia today with some reports of minor property damage but no casualties has been recorded so far.

IndonesiaThe US Geological Survey says the quake was centered 28 kilometers northeast of the Alor island chain in East Nusatenggara province.

Indonesia’s Meteorology and Geophysics Agency says the quake did not have the potential to trigger a tsunami. The quake caused panic among residents in Alor, the closest town to the epicenter.

Indonesia sits on the Pacific “Ring of Fire” where tectonic plates collide, causing frequent seismic activity.