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Quake Rocks Indonesian Island

April 7, 2001

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) _ A strong earthquake rocked the town of Bengkulu on Sumatra Island on Saturday, but there were no reports of damage or casualties, the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency said.

The magnitude 5.7 quake struck at 6:07 a.m. and was centered beneath the Indian Ocean, about 120 miles southwest of Bengkulu, the agency’s Jakarta office said.

It was the second earthquake to hit Bengkulu, about 300 miles northwest of Jakarta, this month. A 5.5-magnitude quake hit April 1 but also caused no damage.

In June, a 7.9 quake killed at least 100 people and wrecked hundreds of buildings and homes in the town.

Indonesia, the world’s largest archipelagic nation, is prone to seismic upheavals because it sits on the so-called Pacific ``Ring of Fire.″

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