Earthquake hits off Indonesia with magnitude of 5.9

A magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck off Indonesia in the Moluccas on Monday, the US Geological Survey said.

The earthquake, which struck at 2.30 am (local time), was centered 85.3 km northwest of Ternate at a depth of 36.5km below the seabed.

The USGS originally reported the quake had a 6.1 magnitude.



A magnitude 5.9 earthquake is considered moderate and can cause considerable damage when on land.

The Maluku Islands or Moluccas are an east Indonesian archipelago comprising 2 provinces, Maluku and North Maluku.

Indonesia is in the so-called Ring of Fire, and is earthquake-prone.

More to come.

A magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck off Indonesia in the Moluccas on Monday. Source: USGS

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