30 Aug '11, 7am

Strong 6.8-magnitude earthquake hits East Timor

Strong 6.8-magnitude earthquake hits East Timor

A powerful 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck deep beneath the seabed near East Timor on Tuesday but no tsunami warning was issued, a local geophysics agency said. -- PHOTO: INTERNET DILI, East Timor (AFP) - A powerful 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck deep beneath the seabed near East Timor on Tuesday but no tsunami warning was issued, a local geophysics agency said. The quake hit at 13.57pm (0657 GMT, 2.57pm Singapore time) at a depth of 469km, about 271km north-east of the capital, Dili, according to Indonesia's geophysics agency. 'We did not issue a tsunami warning. There are no reports of damage so far,' said Novita, an official at Indonesia's national quake centre. 'The quake was felt by the people in Timor island, but not strongly,' she said.

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