5.6 Magnitude Earthquake Hits West Timor, Indonesia

Earthquake of Magnitude 5.6 Strikes Near West Timor

An earthquake of magnitude 5.6 struck near West Timor, in Indonesia, on Sunday, according to the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ).

The quake occurred at a depth of 10 km (6.21 miles), as reported by GFZ.

Last week, on November 2, an earthquake of magnitude 6.4 hit Indonesia’s East Nusa Tenggara province, as per the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC).

Details of the Earthquake

The Indonesian geological agency (BMKG) measured the magnitude at 6.3 and stated that there was no potential for a tsunami. The epicenter was onshore, at a depth of 25 kilometers (15.5 miles), and located 15 kilometers from the province’s capital, Kupang.

While the quake was strongly felt in several cities in the province, there were no immediate reports of damages.

Geological Significance of Indonesia

Indonesia is situated in the so-called “Pacific Ring of Fire,” an area known for high seismic activity due to its location atop multiple tectonic plates.

This recent seismic activity serves as a reminder of the geological significance of Indonesia and the ongoing need for preparedness and vigilance in the face of natural disasters.

For further information on the earthquake, you can refer to the official report from the German Research Centre for Geosciences and European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre.



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