Indonesia: 6.1 magnitude earthquake shakes eastern part of the country

A magnitude 6.1 earthquake shakes the east coast of the Indonesian island of Celebes on Saturday, according to the US Geological Survey.

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No tsunami alert was issued and no immediate damage was reported.

The epicenter was reported 258 kilometers northeast of Manado, north of the island. Its depth is 68 km.

Indonesia is constantly facing earthquakes or volcanic eruptions due to its position in the Pacific “fire ring” where texonic plates collide.

A magnitude 9.1 earthquake off the coast of Sumatra on December 26, 2004 caused a major tsunami and killed 220,000 people in the region, including 170,000 in Indonesia alone.

This is one of the worst natural disasters on record.

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