Magnitude 6.6 earthquake strikes off Indonesia’s Sumatra, USGS reports


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The archipelago nation is located in a seismically active area of ​​the Pacific known as the Ring of Fire that regularly experiences powerful earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, caused by the collision and destruction of lithospheric plates.

‘Notable’ 6.6 magnitude earthquake struck Sumatra, a large Indonesian island on Friday, according to United States Geological Survey reported. The earthquake occurred at a depth of 10 kilometers. It struck at 06:30 GMT near Nias Island, about 250 kilometers south of Sinabang.

No damage or casualties have been reported to date.

Meanwhile, Indonesia’s meteorological and geophysical agency, BMKG, rated the quake at a magnitude of 7.2, but stressed that it had no potential to trigger a tsunami wave.

Indonesia, an island archipelago made up of over 17,000 volcanic islands, is part of the infamous Ring of Fire. It is a seismically active area in the Pacific that regularly suffers from powerful earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, caused by the collision and destruction of lithospheric plates.


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