5.7 magnitude earthquake rocks part of eastern Indonesia

Jakarta, Indonesia — An undersea earthquake shook part of eastern Indonesia on Sunday, but there were no immediate reports of deaths or major damage.

The US Geological Survey said the 5.7 magnitude quake struck about 158 ​​kilometers (98 miles) off the village of Laikit in the North Sulawesi province. He said the quake was centered about 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) below the sea.

The Indonesian Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency, which estimated the quake at a magnitude of 5.9 and 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) deep, said the quake was unlikely to trigger a tsunami.

Indonesia, a vast archipelago of 270 million people, is frequently hit by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis due to its location on the “Ring of Fire”, an arc of volcanoes and lines of fault that surrounds the Pacific.

In February, a magnitude 6.2 earthquake killed at least 25 people and injured more than 460 in West Sumatra province. In January 2021, the earthquake of the same magnitude also killed more than 100 people and injured nearly 6,500 in West Sulawesi province.

ABC News

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