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Magnitude 5.7 earthquake shakes section of eastern Indonesia

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An undersea earthquake shook section of eastern Indonesia on Sunday, but there have been no immediate reports of deaths or major damage.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the 5.7-magnitude quake struck about 158 kilometers (98 miles) off Laikit village in North Sulawesi province. It said the quake was centered about 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) under the sea.

The Indonesian Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysical Agency, which put the quake at a 5.9 magnitude and 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) comprehensive, said the temblor was unlikely to trigger a tsunami.

Indonesia, a massive archipelago of 270 million people, is generally struck by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis due to its location on the “Ring of Fire,” an arc of volcanoes and fault lines that arcs the Pacific.

In February, a magnitude 6.2 earthquake killed at the very least 25 people and injured a lot more than 460 in West Sumatra province. In January 2021, exactly the same magnitude earthquake also killed a lot more than 100 people and injured nearly 6,500 in West Sulawesi province.



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