A magnitude 5.4 earthquake struck northern Sumatra in Indonesia on Sunday, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). The earthquake occurred at 19:39:04 (UTC+05:30) at a depth of 54.2 km.
The USGS reported that the epicenter of the earthquake was located at 5.354°N and 94.569°E. Currently, there have been no reports of any physical damage or casualties resulting from the earthquake.
Indonesia, with a population of over 270 million people, is no stranger to seismic activity as it sits within the “Ring of Fire.” The Ring of Fire, also known as the Circum-Pacific Belt, is a horseshoe-shaped zone along the Pacific Ocean characterized by active volcanoes and frequent earthquakes.
It spans approximately 40,000 km in length and 500 km in width, encompassing two-thirds of the world’s volcanoes and accounting for 90 percent of the planet’s earthquakes.
The tweet below verifies the news:
Magnitude 5.4 earthquake strikes Indonesiahttps://t.co/Jv7JLOnSg6
— The Asia Live (@theasialive) July 9, 2023
Due to its location within the Ring of Fire, Indonesia experiences a high frequency of seismic events, including earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and tsunamis.
At this time, there have been no reports of significant damage or casualties resulting from the recent earthquake in northern Sumatra. Authorities and local communities will continue to monitor the situation closely, as Indonesia remains vigilant in its preparedness and response to such natural occurrences.
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