Earthquake of magnitude 5.5 occurred on Thursday in the eastern part of the largest on the planet Indonesian archipelago, RIA Novosti reported at the National Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (NUMKG).
Quake epicenter was located at 119 km south-west of the southern part of the province of North Halmahera in the Moluccas. Its center was located at a depth of ten kilometers beneath the Molucca Sea.
No casualties or damage have been reported yet.
Indonesia is the most seismically active area of the planet and is part of the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire (powerful tectonic fault). In this part of the world are the most active tectonic plates, one of which moves at a speed of 7 centimeters per year. In 2004, the west coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra was the strongest in the world over the last 40 years an earthquake. Consequent tsunami claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in 12 countries of the Indian Ocean.