5.8 magnitude earthquake occurred in Indonesia

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Magnitude earthquake 5.8 on the Richter scale occurred on Saturday morning at the north-west coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra. Tsunami warning was not announced, according to the National Department of Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (NUMKG).

Quake epicenter was in 44 kilometers south-east of Sinabang located lying on the west coast of Aceh island of Simeulue. Its center was located at a depth of 37 kilometers below the surface of the Indian Ocean.

Information on casualties or destruction are currently not available.

Indonesia is part of the so-called "Pacific Ring of Fire" (powerful tectonic fault). Plate, forming the bottom of the Indian Ocean, "squeezes" here under the Asian plate, which is part of Sumatra, about as fast as the growing human fingernail. Accumulating tension and then released as a giant earthquake forces.

It is on the north-west of Sumatra in December 2004 struck one of the first hit the hardest in the world for the last 40 years of the earthquake that caused a tsunami that killed hundreds of thousands of people in 12 countries of the Indian Ocean.

Source: Tomorrow

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