Magnitude 5.0 struck off Flores, Indonesia

August 4th, 2008 - 11:38 am ICT by Bupha Ravirot  

Earthquake magnitude 5.0 shook Flores region of Indonesia at Monday, August 04, 2008 at 03:26:50 UTC (11:26:50 AM WIT)

The epicenter of the earth quake is located at 8.206°S, 120.317°E 37.4 km at a depth of 37.4 km. The epicenter is just 165 km WNW from Flores,
175 km E from Rabaand, Sumbawa, 1245 km WNW from Darwin, Australia and 1515 km E from JAKARTA, Java of Indonesia

Indonesia’s location on the edges of the Pacific, Eurasian, and Australian tectonic plates makes it the site of numerous volcanoes and frequent earthquakes. Indonesia has at least 150 active volcanoes, including Krakatoa and Tambora, both famous for their devastating eruptions in the 19th century. The eruption of the Toba supervolcano, approximately 70,000 years ago, was one of the largest eruptions ever, and a global catastrophe. Recent disasters due to seismic activity include the 2004 tsunami that killed an estimated 167,736 in northern Sumatra, and the Yogyakarta earthquake in 2006. However, volcanic ash is a major contributor to the high agricultural fertility that has historically sustained the high population densities of Java and Bali.

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