A magnitude six earthquake struck off the coast of the Indonesian island of Java on Saturday, the U.S. Geophysical Institute announced. The quake struck at a depth of 82 km, about 45 km southwest of the city of Malang in East Java.
The institute said it is likely that the earthquake, in which residents of the coastal region, did not cause serious damage, according to preliminary assessments. The authorities have not issued a tsunami warning.
Indonesia frequently witnesses seismic and volcanic activities due to its geographical location. The archipelago is located in a zone scientifically called the “Ring of Fire”, where constant friction is recorded between tectonic plates.
An earthquake in 2018 struck Palu, Indonesia, killing and missing at least 4300 people, and in 2004, an earthquake measuring 9.1 on the Richter scale struck the coast of Sumatra, killing an estimated 220,000 people in the region, including 170,000 in Indonesia.