Earthquake in Indonesia: 7.1 magnitude

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Earthquake in Indonesia: 7.1 magnitude

An earthquake of magnitude 7.1 struck 174km southeast of Indonesia's eastern island of Ambon on Wednesday, the US Geological Survey said.

There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties in the quake.

The quake hit at 7.21pm local time (11.21pm NZ time).

The nearest land mass is Seram Island in the northern Banda Sea.

The Australian government's Bureau of Meteorology said there was no tsunami threat to Australia.

Geoscience Australia duty seismologist Eddie Leask said the quake was "very shallow at about 20km deep or so".

There was a chance of some minor tsunami activity closer to the epicentre, and it was possible there was some damage to villages in Seram, he said.

The USGS initially said the quake was 7 magnitude.

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