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An earthquake has struck the Banda Sea. The preliminary magnitude was 6.8, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Details from the USGS:

Date-Time:

August 30, 2011 at 06:57:41 UTC

August 30, 2011 at 03:57:41 PM at epicenter

Location: 6.401 S, 126.774 E

Depth: 465 km (289.0 miles)

Distances from epicenter:

272 km (169 miles) NNE of DILI, Timor-Leste

337 km (209 miles) SSW of Ambon, Moluccas, Indonesia

473 km (293 miles) ESE of Baubau, Sulawesi, Indonesia

806 km (500 miles) NW of DARWIN, Northern Territory, Australia

This article will be updated if the event proves significant.