Updated: Wednesday, 29 Sep 2010, 12:02 PM MDT
Published : Wednesday, 29 Sep 2010, 11:40 AM MDT
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) - A strong offshore earthquake hit off eastern Indonesia early Thursday and a local agency warned it had the potential to trigger a tsunami.
The U.S. Geological Survey put the preliminary magnitude of the quake off Papua province at 6.6 and said it was centered 13 miles (20 kilometers) beneath the ocean floor.
The Indonesian meteorological and geophysics agency put the strength at a much stronger 7.4. The reason for the discrepancy was not immediately clear.
The were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. The area closest to the epicenter is a remote, sparsely populated part of the country.
Indonesia straddles a series of fault lines that make the vast island nation prone to volcanic and seismic activity.