JAKARTA, Jan. 18 — RIA Novosti, Mikhail Tsyganov. An earthquake measuring 5.7 on the Richter scale that occurred Tuesday evening near the administrative center of the district of Simeulue in Aceh in the north-west coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra, is not powerful enough to cause a tsunami, RIA Novosti reported at the National Meteorology Climatology and Geophysics (NUMKG).
However, the epicenter of the quake was located in close proximity — only seven kilometers away — to the south-west of the main city on the island of Simeulue Sinabang. Its center was located at a depth of ten kilometers below the surface of the Indian Ocean.
Information on possible casualties or damage so far.
Early in the morning on Tuesday, more powerful earthquake measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale occurred in the Indian Ocean, 115 kilometers south-west of the city in the province Bintuhan Benkulu on the southwest pobrezhe Sumatra. Because of the great distance to populated areas, it has not led to the destruction and loss of life.
In Indonesia, located in the largest number of active volcanoes in the world, in the same country is the world's most earthquake. In 2009, the victims of a series of powerful earthquakes in the province of West Sumatra were more than a 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.
The most recent earthquakes in the area has happened in October last year. Powerful quake of magnitude 7.2 on the Richter scale, with its epicenter 78 kilometers south-west of the South Island PAGE an hour's flight from the west coast of Sumatra caused a local tsunami. Within 15 minutes after the earthquake struck the coast is the archipelago Mentavey 15 meter rolls of water, completely destroying at least six villages, where there is not one house and severely damaged two dozen others. Fortunately for the densely populated west coast of Sumatra, the brunt of the disaster took over the chain of islands Mentavey and to the giant island's tsunami has reached already weakened — its height is no higher than 46 centimeters. However, on the islands themselves Mentavey killed about 500 people.