Earthquake of magnitude 6.0 occurred in the east of Indonesia

Earthquake of magnitude 6.0 occurred on Saturday at about 13.00 MSK eastern Indonesia, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

As RIA Novosti said at the National Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (NUMKG) of Indonesia, magnitude quake was 6.3 on the Richter scale, a warning about the possibility of a tsunami was not announced.

The epicenter was located 56 kilometers south-west of Nabire in the easternmost Indonesian province of Papua. Its center was located at a depth of 55 kilometers below the surface of the Gulf Chendravasih.

Quake caused panic among the local population about the possible destruction or casualties have been reported yet.

In early 2004 the area was declared a zone picking up after the disaster lasted for two days a series of aftershocks with magnitude up to 7.1 on the Richter scale. Then it killed more than 30 people.

Indonesia is part of the so-called "Pacific Ring of Fire" (powerful tectonic fault). Accumulated voltage regularly released in the form of aftershocks.

In December 2004, what happened in the north-west coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra, the strongest in the world over the past 40 years, the earthquake caused a tsunami that killed hundreds of thousands of people in a dozen Indian Ocean countries.

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