Indonesia, 7.0 magnitude earthquake in the east of the country: “Possible tsunamis”

Indonesia, 7.0 magnitude earthquake in the east of the country: “Possible tsunamis”

Two strong shocks, This morning, January 18, they shook the earth Indonesia. The first, of magnitude 6.1 was registered off the Indonesian island of Sulawesi in the east of the country and reported no serious damage or injuries. The second, a few hours later, even louder: 7.0 on the Richter scale, also in eastern Indonesia. This was announced by the US Geophysical Institute USGS: The second shock had its epicenter in the sea, 154 km northwest of Tobelo, at a depth of 48 km. the Tsunami Warning System The United States has issued an anomalous wave risk alert: “Tsunami waves hazardous to coasts located within 300 kilometers of the earthquake epicenter are possible”.

At the moment, however, theIndonesian Meteorological Agency, climatology and geophysics did not issue a tsunami warning. According to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Honolulu, the originally forecast danger of a tsunami has been averted.

Indonesia, a huge archipelago where more than 270 million people live, is often affected by earthquakes and volcanic eruptions due to its location: it is due to the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, an arc of seismic faults in the Pacific basin. A magnitude 5.6 earthquake on November 21 claimed at least 331 lives Java Western film. It was the deadliest earthquake to hit Indonesia since an earthquake and tsunami in 2018 Sulawesi caused about 4,340 deaths. In 2004, an extremely powerful earthquake in the Indian Ocean triggered a tsunami that killed more than 230,000 people in a dozen countries, most of them in the Indonesian province of Aceh.

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