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Strong earthquake hits Indonesia’s Sulawesi island

Strong earthquake hits Indonesia’s Sulawesi island

An earthquake with magnitude 6.8 occurred 27km NW of Kasiguncu, Indonesia at 14:35:21.09 UTC today, May 29, 2017.

The USGS estimate up to 200,000 people could have felt “strong” to “very strong” shaking during the quake.

Indonesia is located on the infamous Ring of Fire, a area in the basin of the Pacific Ocean where a large number of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur.

The Indonesian Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics said there was no threat of a tsunami.

Preliminary Earthquake Report:

Magnitude 6.6

Date-Time • 29 May 2017 14:35:21 UTC
• 29 May 2017 22:35:21 near epicenter

Location 1.265S 120.478E

Depth 9 km

Distances • 79 km (49 miles) ESE (121 degrees) of Palu, Sulawesi, Indonesia
• 353 km (219 miles) SW (235 degrees) of Gorontalo, Sulawesi, Indonesia
• 405 km (252 miles) E (90 degrees) of Balikpapan, Kalimantan, Indonesia
• 922 km (573 miles) SE (138 degrees) of BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei

Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 5.7 km; Vertical 3.9 km

Parameters Nph = 76; Dmin = 256.2 km; Rmss = 0.75 seconds; Gp = 50°

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