Magnitude-5.0 quake rocks east Indonesia

Other News Materials 30 July 2009 08:53 (UTC +04:00)

An earthquake measuring 5.0 on the Richter Scale struck eastern parts of Indonesia on Thursday, Meteorology and Geophysics Agency said here, Xinhua reported.

No initial report of damage or casualty has been available.

The quake jolted  at 9:33 a.m. (0233 GMT) with epicenter at 130 km northeast of Central Sulawesi and 30 km deep, the agency said.

Indonesia, with a population of over 230 million, sits on a vulnerable quake-hit zone, and is called the "Pacific Ring of Fire. " Two continental plates stretching form Western hemisphere to Japan meet there and cause frequent seismic and volcanic movements.