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6.5 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Eastern Indonesia

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A 6.5 magnitude earthquake was registered on early Monday off to Indonesia’s eastern Maluku province, the Indonesian Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics said.

BALI, August 12 (RIA Novosti) - A 6.5 magnitude earthquake was registered on early Monday off to Indonesia’s eastern Maluku province, the Indonesian Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics said.

According to Indonesian seismologists, the earthquake struck at 07:53 a.m. Jakarta time (0:53 GMT) and its epicenter was located 121 kilometers (75 miles) under the seabed.

There were no reports on casualties or any damages to the infrastructure. Meteorologists did not issue a tsunami warning.

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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