6.3 magnitude struck hits eastern Indonesia

Vastavam web: A strong earthquake with a 6.3 magnitude struck eastern Indonesia today, causing some damage to buildings and sending people running from their homes.The quake struck at a depth of 32.4 kilometres (20 miles) and was centred 32km west of Hila on the island of Ambon, the US Geological Survey (USGS) reported.”There was damage and it is still being monitored,” Mochammad Riyadi, an official at Indonesia’s meteorology and geophysics agency, told AFP.
The earthquake was one of five tremors that rattled Maluku province within 30 minutes, according to the agency.”People panicked and scattered out of houses and buildings,” said national disaster mitigation agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.Indonesia sits on the Pacific “Ring of Fire” where tectonic plates collide, causing frequent seismic and volcanic activity.