5.3 quake off Sumatra

Earthquake

23.01.11.Zemletryasenie magnitude 5.3 occurred on Sunday off the coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra, according to the U.S. Geological Survey website.

 

Earthquakes have been recorded at 16.05 local time, the epicenter was located 60 kilometers southwest of Bengkulu. The earthquake was located at a depth of 49.9 kilometers.

No casualties, destruction and the threat of a tsunami is not 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.

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.

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