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Tsunami Warning Lifted after Strong Earthquake Hits Indonesia

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Indonesian authorities have lifted a tsunami warning that was issued after a strong earthquake struck off the northern region of Sulawesi island. Indonesia's meteorological agency said the quake had a magnitude of seven-point-seven.

The U.S. Geological Survey measured the quake at seven-point-five magnitude and said it was centered 135 kilometers northwest of Gorontalo, on Sulawesi. There have been no reports of any casualties or damage. Officials say the quake was followed by two aftershocks measuring around five-point-five.

In 2004, a tsunami triggered by a massive earthquake in the Indian Ocean killed more than 200-thousand people, most of them in Indonesia.REST OPT Indonesia is located on a geological fault line circling the Pacific Basin, known as the Ring of Fire. Earthquakes and volcanic eruptions are common in the region.

Last week, Indonesia launched a high-tech tsunami warning system which detects undersea earthquakes and predicts the size and severity of potential waves.

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