Seismologists warn of the possibility of an earthquake in the Philippines

Experts of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology (Phivolcs) warned on Monday morning, residents of the southern part of the country about the possibility of new, strong aftershocks of the earthquake that occurred last night in the northern province of Moluccas in neighboring Indonesia, the official website of the institute.

In its latest bulletin Phivolcs raises estimate magnitude quake, felt throughout the southern part of the Philippine archipelago to 6.6 (previously estimated at magnitude 6.4).

Meanwhile, Indonesian seismologists estimated a magnitude 6.8 earthquake on the Richter scale used by them, told RIA Novosti on Monday at the National Department of Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (NUMKG). Quake epicenter was located 175 kilometers south-west of the western part of the island in the province of North Halmahera Moluccas. The earthquake lies at a depth of 88 kilometers beneath the Molucca Sea.

Warning about the possibility of a tsunami was not announced, reports of possible casualties or damage were reported.

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.

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