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An earthquake hits off Indonesia

Monday 23/April/2018 - 02:09 PM
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A 5.6-magnitude earthquake jolted off eastern Indonesia on Monday، the U.S. Geological Survey said، according to Xinhua.

The quake، which occurred at 0813 GMT، was centered 282 km northwest of Abepura، with a depth of 10.0 km.

last week، A shallow earthquake brought down hundreds of poorly built buildings in Indonesia، forcing more than 2،000 people to flee their homes، rescue officials said. The 4.4 magnitude quake hit the Banjarnegara district of Central Java late on Wednesday، killing two people and injuring more than 20، Reuters reported.

“Victims were killed or injured by falling buildings،” the national rescue agency said in a statement. “People are being treated in hospital or have been evacuated to temporary shelters.”

Quakes are common in Indonesia، which straddles the Pacific “Ring of Fire”، a hot spot for seismic activity due to friction between tectonic plates.

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