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    Magnitude 6.0 Quake Hits Off Indonesia’s Sumatra Island

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    A 6.0-magnitude quake was registered early on Tuesday off Indonesia’s Sumatra island in the Indian Ocean, Indonesian Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics said.

    BALI, January 22 (RIA Novosti) - A 6.0-magnitude quake was registered early on Tuesday off Indonesia’s Sumatra island in the Indian Ocean, Indonesian Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics said.

    According to Indonesian seismologists, the quake’s epicenter was located 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) to the northeast from the city of Banda Aceh at the depth of 84 kilometers (over 50 miles).

    Tremors were felt across the northeastern shore of the world’s sixth largest island, however, there were no reports on casualties or any damages to the 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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