Strong East Timor quake triggers tsunami warning

Source:Reuters.com Author:Suhartono & Ahmad Pa Date:03/25/14 Click:

JAKARTA (Reuters) - The Indonesian meteorology agency issued a tsunami warning on Wednesday after a quake measuring 6.6 on the Richter scale struck offshore East Timor, but there were no immediate reports of any casualties or damage.

The U.S. Geological Survey put the quake at 6.2 magnitude and at a depth of 10 km (6 miles).

The epicenter of the quake was 299 km northeast of East Timor's capital city, Dili, but the quake was hardly felt there, residents said.

"I didn't feel anything," said Reuters photographer Lirio da Fonseca, a Dili resident.

Fauzi, the head of the earthquake centre at the Indonesian meteorology office, said his office last year gave East Timor equipment to receive quake alerts.

"I hope they are using it so they can receive the tsunami alert," he told Reuters.

(Reporting by Harry Suhartono and Ahmad Pathoni; Editing by David Fogarty)

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