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7.1-magnitude quake reported off Indonesia, but no tsunami

The 7.1  earthquake, south of Indonesia, did not create a tsunami. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said it was not issuing a warning because the quake was too deep to trigger one in the Indian Ocean.

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The US Geological Society shows where the magnitude 7.1 quake struck Monday in the Banda Sea, southeast of the Indonesian capital of Jakarta.

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A 7.1-magnitude earthquake has been reported off the coast of Indonesia.

The US Geological Survey says the quake struck offshore Tuesday morning, with the epicenter 147 miles  northwest of the city of Saumlaki. The quake was reported at a depth of 96 miles.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said it was not issuing a tsunami warning because the quake was too deep to trigger a tsunami in the Indian Ocean.

The quake hit at 1653 GMT (1:53 a.m. Tuesday local time).

Indonesia is located in the Pacific "Ring of Fire," where earthquakes and volcanic activity are common.

In April, a powerful, 8.6 earthquake and aftershock struck the Indian Ocean off of northern Indonesia, triggering tsunami watches and evacuations throughout the Indian Ocean basin, from Australia to Kenya and raising memories of the disastrous December 2004 earthquake and subsequent tsunami. 

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