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Dozens have died as a 6.5-magnitude earthquake strikes western Indonesia Dozens have died as a 6.5-magnitude earthquake strikes western Indonesia (AFP Photo/Zian Muttaqien) Rescuers scrabbled through the rubble of shattered homes, shops and mosques in search of survivors Wednesday after a powerful earthquake struck western Indonesia and killed at least 97 people. The shallow 6.5-magnitude quake struck Aceh province, one of the areas worst affected by the devastating 2004 tsunami, at dawn as many in the mainly Muslim region on Sumatra island were preparing for morning prayers.
The Ring of Fire is a major area in the basin of the Pacific Ocean where a large number of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur. In a 40,000 km (25,000 mi) horseshoe shape, it is associated with a nearly continuous series of oceanic trenches, volcanic arcs, and volcanic belts and/or plate movements. It has 452 volcanoes (more than 75% of the world's active and dormant volcanoes). The Ring of Fire is sometimes called the circum-Pacific belt.
originally posted by: phoenixlights321
Man, things are heating up. I wonder when Cascadia is gonna let loose.
There were no concerns of a possible tsunami being generated from the earthquake, according to the National Weather Service.
Other states that could have been affected include Oregon, Washington and Alaska. The same area experienced a much milder earthquake of a magnitude-2.8 last week, USGS reported at the time. There were no injuries reported in that case, either.
originally posted by: greecelightning
said it before and I will say it again. there was a slow slip earthquake in the usa a week ago. I said there will be a big earthquake two weeks after. this 6.5 was a foreshock. its going to be a massive earthquake in the next few days. just like japan .