5.1 Magnitude Strikes off Indonesia’s North Maluku Province

5.1 Magnitude Strikes off Indonesia’s North Maluku Province
# 18 August 2013 04:30 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. A 5.1-magnitude quake was registered early on Sunday off Indonesia’s North Maluku province, APA reports quoting RIA Novosti.

According to the service, the quake’s epicenter was located 130 kilometers (81 miles) to the northeast from the town of Tobelo in the North Maluku province at the depth of 225 kilometers (140 miles).

There were no reports on casualties or any damages to the infrastructure. Meteorologists did not issue a tsunami warning to the world’s sixth largest island.

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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