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Earthquake in East Timor, quake of magnitude 6.4

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Earthquake in East Timor, quake of magnitude 6.4

And earthquake of magnitude 6.4 struck off the coast of East Timor on Friday, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC) said, prompting some people in the capital Dili to flee the buildings, even though a tsunami was ruled out. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties, but witnesses said the earthquake was strongly felt.

And video shared on social media showed people walking out of a mall in Dili downstairs. “It’s big enough,” he told a Reuters Francez Suni, information director of East Timor’s GMN TV. “Our staff ran out of the building because they were shaking.”

The Indonesian Agency of Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (BMKG) explained that the earthquake did not trigger a tsunami threat warning. The quake was felt by residents in the Australian city of Darwin, more than 700km (435 miles) away, according to Australian media reports and residents’ social media posts.

East Timor and neighboring Indonesia straddle the so-called “Pacific Ring of Fire”, a seismically active area, where several plates on the earth’s crust meet and create a large number of earthquakes and volcanoes. The EMSC said the earthquake occurred at a depth of 10 km (6.21 miles) and hit about 29 km east-southeast of Lospalos.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) stated that the earthquake’s magnitude was 6.1 and 50 km deep.

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