An earthquake measuring 5.1 on the use in Indonesia, the Richter scale, which occurred on Thursday in the northern part of the largest on the planet Indonesian archipelago, does not threaten the formation of a tsunami, RIA Novosti reported at the National Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (NUMKG).
Quake epicenter was located 24 kilometers northeast of Talaud archipelago, located in the Pacific Ocean on the border of Indonesia and the Philippines. Its center was located at a depth of ten kilometers below the ocean surface.
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. 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 2004, off the west coast 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.