5.7 magnitude earthquake jolts Indonesia
June 6, 2013 - 10:31 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - A 5.7-magnitude quake was registered early on Thursday, June 6 off Indonesia’s Papua province, Indonesian Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics said, according to RIA Novosti.
According to Indonesian seismologists, the quake’s epicenter was located 72 kilometers (45 miles) to the northeast from the city Mamberamo region in the Papua province at the depth of 65 kilometers (over 40 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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