Published December 10, 2012
The U.S. Geological Survey reports a magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck Monday about 125 miles northwest of Indonesia’s Tanimbar Islands.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has no immediate tsunami warning following the quake, located northwest of Saumlaki, Indonesia. The NOAA website reports the earthquake was located too deep inside the earth to create a tsunami in the Indian Ocean.
Since 1900, there have been more than 22 earthquakes with a magnitude of 7.5 or greater recorded in the New Guinea region, according to USGS.com. The largest was in 1938 in the Banda Sea, which registered 8.5 but did not cause significant loss of life.
Indonesia is located in the Pacific "Ring of Fire," where earthquakes and volcanic activity are common.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.