East Timor Shaken by Preliminary 6.2-Magnitude Earthquake

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.2 rattled East Timor Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

Indonesia's Meteorological and Geophysics agency said the quake was powerful enough to generate a tsunami, but there were no immediate reports of large waves.

The tremor struck about 262 kilometers (163 miles) northeast of the capital, Dili, in Indonesia's Banda Sea, the agency said. It had a depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles).

Residents in the capital did not feel any shaking.

East Timor, a former Portuguese colony that became Asia's youngest country after breaking from Indonesia in 1999, sits along a series of fault lines and volcanos known as the Pacific Ring of Fire.

In December 2004, a massive earthquake struck off Indonesia's Sumatra and triggered a tsunami that killed more than 230,000 people in a dozen countries, including 160,000 people in Indonesia's westernmost province of Aceh.