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5.7-magnitude quake strikes off Indonesia—USGS

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5.7-magnitude quake strikes off Indonesia—USGS

/ 06:50 AM September 10, 2013

JAKARTA—A 5.7-magnitude earthquake struck off Indonesia’s Sulawesi island on Tuesday morning, the United States Geological Survey said.

The quake hit at 5:41 a.m. local time (2141 GMT Monday) 135 kilometers (83 miles) northwest of Gorontalo city at a depth of 46 kilometers.

The USGS’ Prompt Assessment of Global Earthquakes for Response (PAGER) system estimated the risk of fatalities and economic damage as very low.

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Indonesia sits on the Pacific “Ring of Fire” where tectonic plates collide, causing frequent seismic and volcanic activity.

A 6.1-magnitude quake that struck Aceh province in July killed at least 35 people and left thousands homeless.

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