5.0 earthquake off the coast of Sumatra in Indonesia


MOSCOW, May 28 — RIA Novosti. Earthquake of magnitude 5.0 occurred on Saturday off the coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra, the website of the U.S. Geological Survey.

Tremors occurred in 04.01 local time (01.01 MSK). The epicenter was located 390 kilometers south-west of Bengkulu. Hearth lies at a depth 34.9 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, each 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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