A 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck Indonesia

Indonesia experiences frequent seismic and volcanic activity due to its position on the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” where tectonic plates collide (on file). © Keystone/tba/Martin Jerden

Published on 16.01.2023

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A 6.2-magnitude earthquake was detected off the coast of Indonesia’s Sumatra island on Monday morning, the USGS Seismological Survey said. Its center is located 48 km south-southeast of Singil town at a depth of 37 km.

No casualties or damage were immediately reported, according to the Indonesian Disaster Management Agency (BNPB).

“The earthquake triggered panic. Tremors of 3 to 10 seconds were felt in four districts of Aceh and North Sumatra province,” a BNPB spokesman said in a statement. The quake struck around 6:30 am local time (11:30 pm Sunday in Switzerland).

The Indonesian Meteorological, Climate and Geophysical Agency also recorded the earthquake as 6.2 on the Richter scale. He clarified that there is no danger of tsunami.

230,000 deaths in 2004

Indonesia experiences frequent seismic and volcanic activity due to its position on the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” where tectonic plates collide.

On November 21, a 5.6-magnitude earthquake struck the densely populated West Java province on the main island of Java, killing 602 people.

Most recently, a 7.6-magnitude earthquake hit Indonesia and East Timor on January 10. It injured one person and destroyed fifteen homes and two schools.

A devastating earthquake struck Sumatra, Indonesia on December 26, 2004, killing more than 230,000 people and causing giant waves up to 30 meters high. It had a magnitude of 9.1.


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