Magnitude 6.0 quake shakes Nias Region, Indonesia

June 25th, 2008 - 10:26 am ICT by admin  

Nias MapAn earthquake measuring 6.0 on the Ricther scale shook the Island of Nias today.

The quake occured at Wednesday, June 25, 2008 at 09:53:28 AM (local time) or 02:53:28 (UTC).

As per USGS, the epicenter of the earth quake was located at 1.417°N, 97.208°E at a depth of 35 Km at a distance of : 180 km from Sibolga, 289 km from Medan, 437 km from Pagand and 534 km from Kuala Lumpur.

Earlier on March 28th, 2005, the Island was hit by a magnitude 8.7 Earthquake which is often considered as the Second most powerful earthquake in the world since 1965 and the twelfth most ever recorded in history.

Nias is located in a chain of islands parallel to the coast that are separated from Sumatra by the Mentawai Strait; Simeulue is located about 140 km northwest, and the Batu Islands are located about 80 km southeast. This chain, which resurfaces in Nusa Tenggara in the mountainous islands of Sumba and Timor, is the forearc of the South Sumatra Basin along the Sunda Trench subduction zone. At Nias the oceanic plate is being obliquely subducted under the Asian Plate at the rapid rate of 52 mm a year (Milsom).

At the time of writing, there have been no report of damages.

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