Earthquake strikes Indonesia, tsunami warning issued

Earthquake strikes Indonesia, tsunami warning issued
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Indonesia on Tuesday was hit by an undersea earthquake of 7.6 magnitudes as per the (USGS). The country’s meteorological department has issued a tsunami warning as well.

As per the Indonesian authorities, it struck the region of East Nusa Tenggara in the Flores Sea.

The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre also estimated the magnitude at 7.7; it placed the earthquake at a depth of 5km.

The US-based Pacific Tsunami warning centre also warned of hazardous tsunami waves for coasts within 1,000km of the epicentre of the earthquake in Indonesia.

However, the authorities also stress that the chances of casualties are low since it was an undersea earthquake. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) highlighted that “recent earthquakes in this area have caused secondary hazards such as tsunamis and landslides that might have contributed to losses.”

It is worth noting that Indonesia is more prone to frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. This is due to its position on the ‘Pacific Ring of Fire’; it is an arc of intense seismic activity where tectonic plates collide that stretches from Japan through Southeast Asia and across the Pacific basin.

In 2004 when a devastating 9.1-magnitude earthquake had struck off the coast of Sumatra. It later had triggered a tsunami that claimed 220,000 lives throughout the region, including about 170,000 in Indonesia. Those tremors are still widely regarded as one of the deadliest natural disasters in recorded history.

Later in 2018, another massive earthquake shook the island of Lombok. The Pacific Ring of Fire is also referred to as the Circum-Pacific Belt. It is a path along the Pacific Ocean which is characterized by active volcanoes and frequent earthquakes. The majority of Earth’s volcanoes and earthquakes take place along the Ring of Fire.

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