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Powerful Quake in Indonesia

An earthquake measuring 7.4 on the Richter Scale has just been recorded in the area of the Banda Sea in Indonesia. The Banda Islands and Spice Islands are located in this region.

This is the latest in a series of 6 and higher earthquakes to strike the Pacific Rim in recent weeks. Since October 11, there have been three such quakes. The first, registering 6.2, took place near Queen Charlotte Island in British Columbia on the 11th. On the 12th, the second--a very powerful 7.2 event--shook the Marianas.

There have been many smaller earthquakes in the region, indicating that the Pacific Rim continues to be highly quake active.

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