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article imageMajor Earthquake Rocks Indonesia

By Kyle Pallanik     Aug 9, 2007 in World
A powerful undersea earthquake measuring 7.5 on the Richter scale shook the earth just after midnight (17:05 GMT, Wednesday), east of Jakarta. The quake shook tall buildings but there have been no reports of injuries or damage so far.
A US Geological Survey, calculated that the quake was centred 110km east of Jakarta 290km below sea level.
Residents of the city of 9 million said that buildings shook violently and water splashed in swimming pools. The earthquake was also felt in parts of Malaysia.
Robert Cessaro, a geophysicist at the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre in Hawaii, said that there was little risk of a tsunami because of the depth of the quake, though he also said that there are no instruments to measure for a tsunami "very close" to the earthquake's epicenter.
Financial Times Journalist John Aglionby described his experience to CNN
"I was just getting into bed on the second floor of my house. You rarely feel these things in Jakarta so I knew something was wrong immediately." He also said that there are still concerns for the many oil rigs that are operating in the ocean waters north of Java.
Journalist Kathy Quiano described the scene in a video on the CNN website. According to her report, many residents in the populous city live in high rise buildings and fled their homes, when they realized what was going on.
Indonesia is the world's largest archipelago and is prone to seismic problems, because of its location in the Pacific Basin, in an arc of volcanoes and fault lines called the "Ring of Fire".
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