Strong, shallow undersea earthquake hits off eastern Indonesia; no injuries reported

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Authorities say a strong, shallow undersea earthquake has hit eastern Indonesia, but there are no immediate reports of injuries.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude-6.1 quake hit Wednesday evening at a depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) beneath the sea and was centered 395 kilometers (244 miles) south of Ambon, the capital of Maluku province.

Indonesia's Meteorology and Geophysics Agency said there was no danger of a tsunami.

Agency official Tri Handayani said the quake was felt in many parts of the province but did not cause any major damage and there were no immediate reports of injuries.

Indonesia is prone to earthquakes due to its location on the Pacific "Ring of Fire," an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin.