Moderate Earthquake Jolts North of Halmahera, Indonesia

Ring Of Fire : Gigantic zone of frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.


Jakarta, 03 Rabiul Akhir 1438/02 January 2017 (MINA) – A moderate earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale hit the north of Halmahera, East Indonesia, at 10.12 pm Sunday night.

The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) said in a statement that the epicentre of the quake was 218 kilometres southeast of Talaud Island, East Indonesia and 1,113 kilometres southeast of Semporna, Sabah.

The quake did not pose any tsunami threat, BMKG added.

Indonesia experiences frequent seismic and volcanic activities due to its position on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, where tectonic plates collide.

About 90 percent of the world’s earthquakes and 81 percent of the world’s largest earthquakes occur along the Ring of Fire. (T/RS05/RS01)

Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)