Earthquake of magnitude 5.3 occurred in the east of Indonesia

An earthquake measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale occurred in the evening on Saturday in eastern Indonesia, no tsunami threat, RIA Novosti reported at the National Directorate of Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (NUMKG) countries.

Quake epicenter was located 51 kilometers north-east of CAPM in Papua province on the island of New Guinea, and the focus lies at a depth of 18 kilometers below the surface of the Pacific Ocean.

Warning of tsunami was not announced, said the official NUMKG, information on casualties or damage as yet available.

Indonesia is the most seismically active area of the planet and is part of the so-called "Pacific Ring of Fire" (powerful tectonic fault). Annually seismologists recorded there for six or seven thousand earthquakes with a magnitude greater than 4.0. In December 2004, a powerful tsunami in Indonesia claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people.

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