6.2 magnitude quake hits eastern Indonesia: USGS

World

28 Aug 2018

Strong 6.2-magnitude quake hits eastern Indonesia, no tsunami warning issued

A strong 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck eastern Indonesia today, US Geological Survey (USGS) said, but there was no tsunami warning or immediate reports of damage.

The offshore tremor struck at a shallow depth of 8km, about 100km southeast of Kupang on Indonesian portion of Timor island, USGS said.

A string of deadly earthquakes that rocked Indonesia's Lombok island this summer killed 555 people.

Disaster-prone nation

Indonesia, one of the most disaster-prone nations

Indonesia, one of the most disaster-prone nations

Indonesia, one of the most disaster-prone nations on earth, straddles the so-called Pacific "Ring of Fire", where tectonic plates collide and many of the world's volcanic eruptions and earthquakes occur.

In 2004, a tsunami triggered by a magnitude 9.3 undersea earthquake off the coast of Sumatra in western Indonesia killed 220,000 people in the countries around the Indian Ocean, including 168,000 in Indonesia.

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