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INDONESIA: Magnitude 5.9 quake hits off Indonesia: USGS

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RT – An earthquake measuring 5.9 on the richter scale struck offshore Indonesia in the Moluccas sea at approximately 2:30 am local time (1930 GMT) Monday according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).

The quake struck 53 miles (85.3 km) northwest of Ternate at a depth of 22.7 miles (36.5 km) below the seabed, a relatively shallow depth, making it potentially far more dangerous. No tsunami warning has been issued thus far. The USGS initially reported it as a 6.1 magnitude earthquake before downgrading it to a 5.9 soon after.

Indonesia is the world’s fourth most populous country with a total of 291 million people spread across the country’s 13 islands. The country is located in a highly seismically active part of the world known as the Pacific Ring of Fire.

A 5.9 earthquake is considered moderate but would cause significant damage had it occurred on land. 
MLN – Other sources say the quake is magnitude 6.1. We will add details as the story develops.

—— AUTO – GENERATED; Published (Halifax Canada Time AST) on: April 15, 2018 at 05:14PM

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