5.0-magnitude quake jolts Indonesia

5.0-magnitude quake jolts Indonesia

PanARMENIAN.Net - A 5.0-magnitude quake was registered early on Tuesday, July 16 off Indonesia’s Sumatra island in the Indian Ocean, Indonesian Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics said, according to RIA Novosti.

According to Indonesian seismologists, the quake’s epicenter was located at the depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) and over 100 kilometers (over 60 miles) to the north-east of the East Aceh regency.

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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