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Earthquake Strikes Molucca Sea

An earthquake has struck in the Molucca Sea near Indonesia. The preliminary magnitude was 5.9, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. A tsunami warning has not been issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. Details from the USGS:


Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 12:50:18 UTC

Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 09:50:18 PM at epicenter

Location: 0.877°S, 126.814°E

Depth: 10 km (6.2 miles)

Distances from epicenter:

194 km (120 miles) SSW of Ternate, Moluccas, Indonesia

342 km (212 miles) SE of Manado, Sulawesi, Indonesia

860 km (534 miles) N of DILI, Timor-Leste

1356 km (842 miles) NNW of DARWIN, Northern Territory, Australia

This article will be updated if the event proves significant.

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