Magnitude 6.6 earthquake strikes north-west of Indonesia - USGS

  07 January 2019    Read: 1402
Magnitude 6.6 earthquake strikes north-west of Indonesia - USGS

The quake in the archipelago-nation comes mere days after the country was hit by deadly landslides and a tsunami that killed over 430 people, injuring at least 1,500 more, Sputnik reports.

According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), a massive 6.6 magnitude earthquake struck 173 km north-northwest of the island of Ternate at a depth of 60.5 km on Sunday. Earlier USGS data suggested that the quake measured 7.0 in magnitude.

The disaster comes just a day after a 5.4 earthquake with its epicentre located 180 km south of Ternate.


There are no reports on the possibility of a new tsunami.

Indonesia, located in a seismically active zone known as the Ring of Fire, regularly suffers from powerful earthquakes.


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