A 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Indonesia’s Java island Saturday, the United States Geological Survey said, but no tsunami warning was issued. The quake hit at a depth of 82 kilometres (50 miles), about 45 kilometres southwest of Malang city in East Java.
There were no immediate reports of casualties, but the temblor shook Malang, a city of several million people and it lasted for a long time. Indonesia experiences frequent seismic and volcanic activity due to its position on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, where tectonic plates collide. In 2018, a 7.5-magnitude quake and a subsequent tsunami in Palu on Sulawesi island left more than 4,300 people dead or missing. On December 26, 2004, a devastating 9.1-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Sumatra and triggered a tsunami that killed 220,000 throughout the region, including around 170,000 in Indonesia. It was one of the deadliest natural disasters in recorded history.