An earthquake of magnitude 5.8 occurs in Indonesia

An earthquake of magnitude 5.8 occurs in Indonesia: The United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported that an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.8. That occurred on Monday in West Sumatra, close to Pariaman, Indonesia.

According to USGS, the earthquake occurred at 11.9 kilometers (7.39 miles).

On December 14, 2021, a magnitude 7.6 underwater quake rocked Indonesia, prompting a tsunami alert from the nation’s meteorological service. Authorities in Indonesia rated the earthquake that shook East Nusa Tenggara in the Flores Sea at 7.5.

On September 28, 2018, a tsunami and a 7.4-magnitude earthquake off the coast of Indonesia affected the nation. Around 1.5 million people on the island of Sulawesi were impacted.

According to Unicef, the disaster claimed the lives of over 2000 people and caused almost 2 lakh people to be homeless.

In 2004, a catastrophic 9.1-magnitude earthquake off the Sumatran coast sparked a tsunami. That claimed 220,000 lives in the area, including around 170,000 in Indonesia. It continues to rank among the worst natural catastrophes in historical records.

Due to its location on the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” a region of active seismic activity where tectonic plates meet that spans from Japan to Southeast Asia and throughout the Pacific basin, Indonesia often suffers earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.