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6.2-magnitude earthquake strikes off Indonesia: USGS
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Banda Aceh, Indonesia (AFP) May 18, 2014


Moderate 5.1 magnitude earthquake hits Pakistan
Quetta, Pakistan (AFP) May 16, 2014 - A 5.1-magnitude earthquake struck southwestern Pakistan on Friday, but officials said there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

The epicentre was close to the city of Sibi, in Baluchistan province, at a depth of 71 kilometres (44 miles), a meteorological official, Mahwish Ahmad told AFP.

The quake, measured by the US Geological Survey at a 4.9 magnitude, comes a week after one person was killed and 30 injured in a series of small tremors in southern Pakistan.

Pakistan straddles part of the boundary where the Indian and Eurasian tectonic plates meet, making the country susceptible to quakes.

The country was hit by a 7.6-magnitude earthquake on October 8, 2005 that killed more than 73,000 people and left about 3.5 million homeless, mainly in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir.

A 7.7-magnitude earthquake devastated several areas in southwestern Baluchistan province, in September last year. It killed at least 376 people and left some 100,000 others homeless.

A 6.2-magnitude quake struck off the western Indonesian island of Sumatra Sunday, prompting panicked people to run out of their homes.

However there were no reports of damage and a tsunami warning was not issued.

The US Geological Survey said the quake hit at a depth of nine kilometres (six miles), just over 300 kilometres west of the coastal city Banda Aceh.

It occurred at around 7:00 am (0100 GMT), USGS said.

"The quake was felt strongly for a few seconds by residents on the west coast," said national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.

"Some people ran out of their homes."

But he added there had been no reports of damage.

Mochammad Riyadi, from the Indonesian meteorology, climatology and geophysics agency, also said there were no reports of casualties or damages.

"The magnitude may be big but the epicentre is at sea and relatively far away from the nearest city, Banda Aceh," he told AFP.

Banda Aceh was devastated by a huge tsunami in 2004, which killed some 170,000 people in the surrounding region, as well as tens of thousands more in countries around the Indian Ocean.

Indonesia sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire" where continental plates collide, causing frequent seismic and volcanic activity.

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