Posted: Oct 24, 2009 11:06 AM by Associated Press
A powerful earthquake has struck deep under the sea in eastern Indonesia, causing panic and sending residents running out of their homes. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.
The quake had a preliminary magnitude of 7.0. The shaking was strong and people ran to higher ground fearing a tsunami. But at a depth of 86 miles, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says it was too far below the earth's surface to cause a tsunami.
Today's quake was the second in two days. It came as Indonesia is still recovering from a devastating earthquake last month that killed more than 1,000 people on western Sumatra.
Indonesia sits above a series of fault lines that make the vast island nation one of the most earthquake-prone places in the world. A massive quake off the coast of Indonesia's Aceh province caused the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami that killed 230,000 people.