An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 occurred Thursday in eastern Indonesia, off the Maluku archipelago, but no tsunami warning was issued, according to the American Institute of geophysics (USGS). The powerful earthquake occurred at a relatively shallow depth of 31 kilometers, about 127 km southwest of the town of Ternate. No casualties were initially reported, nor any significant damage.
Indonesia regularly faces earthquakes or volcanic eruptions, due to its position on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, where tectonic plates collide. In 2018, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.5 caused a tsunami that struck Palu, on the island of Sulawesi, causing the death or disappearance of 4,300 people.
Earthquake of December 26, 2004
But the country remains especially marked by the earthquake of December 26, 2004 with a magnitude of 9.1 off the coast of Sumatra, causing a major tsunami that had resulted in the death of 220,000 people throughout the region, including about 170,000. for Indonesia alone. It is one of the deadliest natural disasters on record.