Jakarta, July 29: At least ten people have died and more than dozens were injured after a powerful earthquake measuring 6.4 magnitude on the Richter Scale struck off eastern Indonesia on Sunday, country’s disaster response agency said. As per the USGS, the quake, whose epicentre was at a depth of seven kilometres (four miles), hit at 6:47 am local time (2247 GMT Saturday). Also Read - People Not Wearing Masks in Indonesia's Java Made to Dig Graves For COVID-19 Victims As Punishment
Indonesia is located in the Ring of Fire, an area in the basin of the Pacific Ocean, which is vulnerable to frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Also Read - 5.3 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Kathmandu in Nepal, Tremors Felt in Bihar Too
Earlier in April, Indonesia was rocked by 5.3 magnitude earthquake. On January 13, 2018, Indonesia was hit by 6.1 magnitude earthquake. It came just hours before an enormous 8.2-magnitude quake struck off the south-eastern coast of Alaska. More than 130 buildings were damaged, including mosques, schools, and offices. Six children were reportedly injured. Also Read - Earthquake in Mumbai: 2.7 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes North Mumbai
In 2004 a tsunami triggered by a magnitude 9.3 undersea earthquake off the coast of Sumatra, in western Indonesia, killed 220,000 people in countries around the Indian Ocean, including 168,000 in Indonesia.
(With agency inputs)