An earthquake of intensity 6.1 shook this Thursday the Moluccas Islands, in the east of Indonesia, without a tsunami warning being issued, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported.

The powerful earthquake was detected at a depth of 31 kilometers and so far no victims or significant material damage have been reported.

Indonesia routinely suffers earthquakes or volcanic eruptions due to its position in the Pacific “belt of fire”, where tectonic plates collide.

In 2018, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake triggered a tsunami that struck Palu on the island of Sulawesi, killing or missing 4,300 people.

But the country has been especially marked by the earthquake of December 26, 2004 of magnitude 9.1 off the coast of Sumatra, which caused a devastating tsunami that left 220,000 dead throughout the region, 170,000 of them in Indonesia alone.

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