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JAKARTA, Indonesia – A strong undersea earthquake shook western Indonesia on Monday morning. But there were no immediate reports of serious damage or casualties.

The 6.0 magnitude earthquake was centered 48 kilometers (30 miles) southeast of Singkil, a coastal district of Aceh province at a depth of 48 kilometers (30 miles), the US said. Geological Survey.

No tsunami warning has been issued by the Indonesian Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency.

Indonesia, a vast archipelago of more than 270 million people, is frequently hit by earthquakes and volcanic eruptions due to its location on the ‘Ring of Fire’, an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific basin.

A magnitude 5.6 earthquake on November 21 killed at least 331 people and injured nearly 600 in the city of Cianjur in West Java. It was the deadliest in Indonesia since an earthquake and tsunami in Sulawesi in 2018 killed around 4,340 people.

In 2004, an extremely powerful earthquake in the Indian Ocean triggered a tsunami that killed more than 230,000 people in a dozen countries, most of them in the Indonesian province of Aceh.

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