An earthquake measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale occurred on Friday morning in the eastern part of the Indonesian archipelago, no tsunami threat, RIA Novosti reported at the National Directorate of Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (NUMKG) of Indonesia.
Quake epicenter was located at 117 km south-west of the island of Ternate in the province of North Moluccas. Its center was located at a depth of ten kilometers from the surface of 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 seven centimeters a year. Annually seismologists recorded here 6-7 thousand earthquakes with a magnitude greater than 4.0.
In 2004, the north-west coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra, there was the strongest in the world over the last 50 years an earthquake. Consequent tsunami caused the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people in 12 countries of the Indian Ocean.