Tsunami warning issued as strong quake hits Indonesia, East Timor
( dpa ) - A strong 6.6 magnitude undersea earthquake struck off the eastern coast of Timor island on Wednesday, prompting Indonesian seismologists to issue a tsunami warning.
The quake struck at about 0732 GMT, with its epicentre in the Banda Sea, about 300 kilometres north-east of Dili, the capital of East Timor.
Suhardjono, an official at Indonesia's National Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BMG), said the quake took place at a depth of 23 kilometres, adding that a tsunami warning was issued following the quake.
But, he added, there were no immediate reports of tidal waves from the nearby areas following the quake.
Indonesia lies within the so-called "Pacific Ring of Fire," where there is frequent seismic activity.