In Indonesia, the coast of the island of Sulawesi was a strong earthquake of magnitude 6.2. Reported by the U.S. Geological Survey.
Aftershocks were recorded at 07:07 local time (03:07 Moscow time). The epicenter was located 75 kilometers from the town of Kendari. Hearth lies at a depth 9.4 kilometers, said, "Gazeta".
Indonesian Meteorology and Geophysics Agency, in turn, estimated magnitude 6 earthquake, and reported that its epicenter was 55 kilometers from Kendari, reports Lenta.ru. Representatives of the city administration said that in the city there is a strong ground motion.
After 20 minutes in the same area was recorded second quake of magnitude 4.8, according to other sources — 5.2. Indonesian authorities do not yet have data on the victims and the destruction caused by the earthquake. Warning of the danger of a tsunami was not extended.
Indonesia is the most seismically active area of the planet and is part of the so-called "Pacific Ring of Fire" — a powerful tectonic fault, reminds RIA Novosti. Annually seismologists recorded here 6-7 thousand earthquakes with a magnitude greater than 4.0. 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.