6.6 magnitude earthquake hits off east Indonesia

A powerful earthquake magnitude 6.6 on Richter scale has hit Indonesia’s eastern region of Papua.

As per US Geological Survey (USGS), the epicentre of earthquake was centred 28 kilometers north of Sorong and it had occurred at a depth of 24 kilometers.

This underwater quake had no potential of generating tsunami waves along nearby coasts.

Indonesia which is the world’s largest archipelago falls in so called region of Pacific Ring of Fire, an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin prone to earthquakes.

In 2004, huge undersea earthquake off the shores of Aceh (Sumaratan province) in Indonesia had triggered a giant tsunami which had killed 230,000 people in a dozen countries including India with coasts on the Indian Ocean.

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