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Strong quake hits near Indonesia's North Mollucas

JAKARTA (Reuters) - A strong earthquake with a magnitude of at least 6.1 struck off Indonesia’s North Moluccas on Saturday, officials said, but no tsunami warning was issued and there were no immediate reports of damage.

The U.S. Geological Survey measured the quake at 6.1 and said it struck in the Moluccas about 200 km (120 miles) north of Indonesia’s Ambon island.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, said Oktivar, an official at Indonesia’s Meteorological and Geophysics earthquake center. Oktivar, who uses only one name like many Indonesians, said Indonesian officials put the quake at 6.4 using the old Richter scale.

Many residents in Ambon did not feel the tremor, said police officer Dewa. The epicenter of the quake was 155 km (95 miles) southeast of Labuha in the North Moluccas at a depth of about 30 km (20 miles).