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Strong, shallow quake strikes Indonesia

A strong and shallow earthquake with a 6.1 magnitude struck central Indonesia on Friday, geologists said, but no tsunami warning was issued.

The quake was centred around 18 kilometres (11 miles) deep, just off the coast of Sulawesi island, the US Geological Survey said.

There were no immediate reports of damage and Indonesia’s meteorology, climatology and geophysics agency (BMKG) said that there was no risk of a tsunami. Indonesia is one of the most disaster-prone nations on earth.

The archipelago nation lies on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, where tectonic plates collide and many of the world’s volcanic eruptions and earthquakes occur.

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