15 Apr 2012

Strong quake off Indonesia, no damage reported

9:32 am on 15 April 2012

An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.9 struck in Indonesia's Sunda Strait, off the coast of western Java, on Sunday.

The US Geological Survey said the quake was centred 177 kilometres west-southwest of the capital Jakarta at a depth of 49 kilometres.

There were no immediate reports of damage or a tsunami warning from the quake.

On Wednesday, two huge earthquakes occurred in two hours under the sea off Aceh province.

A tsunami alert issued for most of the Indian Ocean region following the 8.6 and 8.2-magnitude quakes was later cancelled. The largest wave detected was less than a metre high.

Indonesia straddles the Pacific Ring of Fire, a zone of major seismic activity.

The Aceh province was devastated after a 9.1-magnitude quake triggered a huge tsunami on 26 December 2004 that left 170,000 dead or missing, and that in total killed about 230,000 people in 13 Indian Ocean nations.