Magnitude 6.6 earthquake off the coast of Indonesia

Séisme de magnitude 6,6 au large de l’Indonésie

JAKARTA | An earthquake of magnitude 6.6 occurred on Tuesday morning, off the island of Java in Indonesia, has announced that american observatory (USGS Institute of geological surveys of the United States).

The strong quake occurred at a depth of more than 500 kilometers, said the USGS, indicating that there was “a low likelihood of casualties and damage”.

The quake struck at a hundred kilometers of the city of Batang to 22h54 GMT (18h54 in Quebec) on Monday.

The indonesian archipelago sits on the Pacific ring of fire, a zone of high seismic activity. In 2018, an earthquake of magnitude 7.5, followed by a tsunami on the island of Celebes, had devastated the region of Palu, and more than 4,300 dead and missing.

Another devastating earthquake of a magnitude of 9.1 struck off the coast of Sumatra in 2004, causing a tsunami that killed 220 000 people in the region, including about 170,000 in Indonesia.

Share Button