Powerful earthquake detected off eastern Indonesia

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Parts of Indonesia were left rattled Monday, following an earthquake off the eastern island of Sulawesi.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake was centred 119 kilometres northeast of Luwuk, in Central Sulawesi province, at a depth of 18.5 kilometres. It measured a powerful 6.1 magnitudes on the Richter scale.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said it was not issuing a warning because the quake was too deep to trigger a tsunami in the Indian Ocean.

There were no reports of any deaths or damages.

Indonesia is prone to earthquake activity because of its dangerous location in the Pacific “Ring of Fire”. The ring consists of an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin.

The Ring of Fire is home to more than 75% of the world’s active and dormant volcanoes. A reported 90% of the world’s earthquakes occur along this region.

In 2004, Indonesia was rocked by one of the deadliest earthquakes ever recorded. Nearly 300,000 people were killed when an 8.8 magnitude quake triggered a series of powerful tsunamis off the west coast of Sumatra.

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