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Earthquakes hit Japan and Indonesia but no injuries were reported


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A 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck the Izu-Ogasawara Islands off the southeastern coast of Japan on Monday.

According to the US Geological Survey, the 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck the Izu-Ogasawara Islands, south of the capital, Tokyo, at around 4:49 am GMT.

The earthquake originated at a depth of 409.1 kilometers (254.2 miles).

The islands lie 1,000 kilometers (621.3 miles) south of the capital.

Earlier in the day, an undersea earthquake jolted part of western Indonesia, but there were no immediate reports of serious damage or loss of life.

The US Geological Survey said the 6.2-magnitude quake was centered 40 km southeast of Singkil, a coastal area in Aceh province at a depth of 37 km.

The Indonesian Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency issued no tsunami warning.

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 5.6-magnitude earthquake on November 21 killed at least 331 people and injured nearly 600 in the city of Cianjur, West Java. This is the deadliest in Indonesia since the 2018 earthquake and tsunami in Sulawesi, killing about 4,340 people.

In 2004, a very strong earthquake in the Indian Ocean triggered a tsunami that killed more than 230,000 people in a dozen countries, mostly in the Indonesian province of Aceh.

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