6.0 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Indonesia’s Java: US Agency

World: The US Geological Survey stated that on Saturday, a 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Indonesia’s Java. But no warning of the tsunami was issued. The earthquake hit at a depth of 82 kilometers about 44.8 kilometers southwest of Malang city in East Java. The quake shocked Malang, a city of several million people. Ida Magfiroh, a resident said, “It was pretty strong and went for a long time and everything was swaying”.

In a major statement, Rahmat Triyono, the head of Indonesia’s earthquake and tsunami center stated that the undersea earthquake does not have that much potential to cause a tsunami. Since the people in some parts of the province felt a moderate tremor for seconds, so Triyono appealed to the people to stay away from slopes of soil or rocks that have the potential for landslides.

Due to its position on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, Indonesia experiences frequent volcanic eruptions and tsunamis. In January, a magnitude of 6.2 earthquakes struck off the coast of Mamuju and Majene district that killed at least 105 people and injured nearly 6,500 people.

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