Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Entertaiment | By Mabel Barber

Magnitude 5.9 quake hits off Indonesia, reports USGS

Magnitude 5.9 quake hits off Indonesia, reports USGS

A moderately strong 5.9-magnitude natural disaster hit Indonesia's Molucca Sea on Monday, the US Geological Survey said, but no tsunami alert was issued.

The USGS originally reported the quake had a 6.1 magnitude.

The quake struck 53 miles (85.3 km) northwest of Ternate at a depth of 22.7 miles (36.5 km) below the seabed, a relatively shallow depth, making it potentially far more unsafe.

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The Maluku Islands or Moluccas are an east Indonesian archipelago comprising 2 provinces, Maluku and North Maluku.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) put the magnitude at 5.9 with a depth of 36.5 km.

Indonesia sits on the so-called Pacific "Ring of Fire" where several tectonic plates meet, making it vulnerable to frequent earthquakes.

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