Powerful 6.1 Earthquake Strikes Off Indonesia's East Nusa Tenggara

Earthquake Strikes Off Indonesia

A powerful 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Indonesia’s East Nusa Tenggara province. The quake was felt across the region, causing panic and damage to buildings in the area. The epicenter of the earthquake was located in the Banda Sea, about 96 kilometers south of Rote Ndao island.

According to the Indonesian Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency, the earthquake had a depth of 548 kilometers, making it a deep-focus earthquake. Despite its depth, the tremors were still strongly felt in East Nusa Tenggara and neighboring islands.

The earthquake prompted residents to evacuate their homes and seek safety in open spaces. There have been reports of collapsed buildings and infrastructure damage in some areas. The authorities are assessing the extent of the damage and providing assistance to those affected by the earthquake.

Earthquakes are not uncommon in Indonesia, as the country is situated on the Pacific Ring of Fire, an area prone to seismic activity due to tectonic plate movements. The region has experienced devastating earthquakes and tsunamis in the past, leading to significant loss of life and destruction.

Efforts are underway to ensure the safety and well-being of the affected population in East Nusa Tenggara. The Indonesian government, along with local authorities and international organizations, is coordinating relief and recovery efforts to assist those in need.

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