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Earthquake of 5.3 Magnitude Registered in Southern Java

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A 5.3-magnitude quake was registered early on Wednesday in the southern part of Indonesia’s Java, the Indonesian Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics said.

BALI, February 27 (RIA Novosti) - A 5.3-magnitude quake was registered early on Wednesday in the southern part of Indonesia’s Java, the Indonesian Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics said.

According to local seismologists, the quake’s epicenter was located 24 kilometers (15 miles) to the southwest from the city of Cianjur, in the West Java province, at the depth of 135 kilometers (84 miles).

There was no tsunami warning or information on human casualties, as well as on destruction to local infrastructure.

Indonesia is notorious for its high volcanic and seismic activity, as it sits on the so-called Pacific "Ring of Fire", where tectonic plates meet.

In 2004, a 9.1-magnitude earthquake struck the eastern coast of Sumatra, causing a tsunami that hit the coasts of Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, Thailand, and Malaysia. It is unclear exactly how many perished in that natural disaster, but the closest estimates are at 230,000 victims.

 

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