Magnitude 5.7 earthquake shakes parts of eastern Indonesia

A map showing the location of the magnitude 5.7 earthquake that occurred on August 14, 2022, about 158 ​​kilometers (98 miles) off the coast of Raikit Village, North Sulawesi, Indonesia. (Screenshot from USGS/Epoch Times)

JAKARTA, Indonesia—An undersea earthquake hit parts of eastern Indonesia on Sunday, but there were no reports of deaths or major damage so far.

The US Geological Survey said a magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck about 158 ​​kilometers from Raikit village in North Sulawesi province. The epicenter was about 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) below the ocean floor.

Indonesia’s Meteorological, Climate and Geophysical Agency, which recorded a magnitude 5.9 earthquake with a depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles), said it was unlikely the quake would trigger a tsunami.

A vast archipelago of 270 million people, Indonesia is frequently hit by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis because it lies in the “Ring of Fire”, an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Ocean. increase.

In February, a 6.2-magnitude earthquake hit West Sumatra, killing at least 25 people and injuring more than 460. In January 2021, an earthquake of similar magnitude struck West Sulawesi, killing more than 100 people and injuring nearly 6,500.

Associated Press