An earthquake measuring 5.4 on the use in Indonesia Richter scale occurred on Thursday in the western part of the world's largest archipelago, Indonesia, no tsunami threat, RIA Novosti reported at the National Directorate of Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (NUMKG).
Quake epicenter was located at 146 km south-west of the city Gunungsitoli on the small island of Nias off the northwest coast of the sixth-largest in the world of the island of Sumatra. Its center was located at a depth of 21 kilometers from the surface of the Indian Ocean.
NUMKG does not expect any significant damage because the earthquake was located far from population centers.
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 seven centimeters a year. Annually seismologists recorded here 6-7 thousand earthquakes with a magnitude greater than 4.0.
In 2009, the victims of a series of powerful earthquakes in the province of West Sumatra were more than one thousand people, and in March 2005, an earthquake of magnitude 8.2 on the Richter scale of 90 kilometers from the island of Nias have killed more than 900 people.
In 2004, at the north-western coast of Sumatra, there was the strongest in the world over the last 40 years an earthquake. Consequent tsunami caused the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people in 12 countries of the Indian Ocean.