Magnitude 5.6 earthquake strikes off Indonesia

Magnitude 5.6 earthquake strikes off Indonesia

Agency News

Jakarta, Apr 16: A 5.6 magnitude earthquake was registered on Thursday near the coast of Indonesia in the Molucca Sea, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said. According to the USGS, the tremor was recorded at 9.03 pm on Wednesday GMT.

The epicentre of the earthquake was located at a depth of 29.1 kilometres (18 miles), 83 kilometres northwest of the city of Ternate, the province of North Maluku. There are no reports about any victims or damage caused by the earthquake.

Indonesia is located in a seismically active zone known as the Ring of Fire and regularly suffers from powerful earthquakes. Hundreds of thousands of people died in 2004 when some 9.2 magnitude earthquake hit Sumatra's Aceh region, triggering a tsunami in several countries bordering the Indian Ocean. (UNI)