A 6.0 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Central Indonesia; No Tsunami Alert Issued

by Tejashee Kashyap
A 6.0 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Central Indonesia; No Tsunami Alert Issued

Indonesia is no stranger to seismic activity. The country’s rich cultural heritage and stunning natural beauty are often overshadowed by the recurring earthquakes that test its resilience. On Friday evening (Indonesia time), the region experienced a 6.0 magnitude earthquake in North Sulawesi province in Central Indonesia. Additionally, the earthquake did not trigger a tsunami.

Indonesia Experiences A 6.0 Magnitude Earthquake

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Being situated on the Pacific Ring of Fire, an area renowned for its intense tectonic plate movement and volcanic eruptions, Indonesia experiences numerous earthquakes each year. The country’s meteorology, climatology, and geophysics service reported that a 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck off North Sulawesi province in central Indonesia on Friday evening but did not cause a tsunami. The earthquake struck at 18:48 (Jakarta time)

According to the geophysics agency and Xinhua news agency, the earthquake’s epicentre is 117 km southeast of the Bolaang Mongondow Timur (East Bolaang Mongondow) area and is 10 km beneath the seabed. It said that there was no chance that the earthquake would produce extremely large waves.

Indonesia experiences earthquakes of varying magnitudes, from minor tremors to devastating ones. The country is susceptible to frequent seismic activity, with thousands of tremors recorded annually.

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Another Earthquake Hit Indonesia Last Week

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On 29 July, North Maluku, a province in eastern Indonesia, was struck by an earthquake of magnitude 5.0. According to the agency, the earthquake occurred at 18:19 Jakarta time, at a depth of 51 km beneath the earth and an epicentre 21 km northwest of East Halmahera Regency. Additionally, according to the agency, quoted by the Xinhua news agency, the earthquake’s shocks did not have the ability to produce enormous waves.

Throughout history, Indonesia has endured several catastrophic earthquakes. One of the most devastating was the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami. With a magnitude of 9.1, this undersea megathrust earthquake resulted in a series of tsunamis that claimed many lives.

Indonesia’s unique geography lies in the convergence of several tectonic plates. The movements and collisions between these plates generate enormous pressure, leading to earthquakes. These seismic events can have devastating consequences. But Indonesia has shown remarkable progress in mitigating risks, enhancing preparedness, and responding to disasters.

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