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An earthquake measuring 6.0 degrees on the Richter scale jolted the coast of the Indonesian island of Java on Saturday. (representative)

Jakarta, Indonesia:

The US Geological Survey said that a magnitude 6.0 earthquake occurred off the coast of the Indonesian island of Java today, Saturday, but there was no tsunami warning.

The quake struck at a depth of 82 km (50 miles) 45 km southwest of the city of Malang in East Java.

There were no immediate reports of casualties, but the quake shook the city of Malang, which has a population of several million.

“It was very strong and it lasted for a long time,” said Ida Magferoh, a resident of the area.

“Everything was swinging.”

Indonesia experiences frequent seismic and volcanic activity due to its location on the Pacific Ocean, a “ring of fire”, where tectonic plates collide.

In 2018, a 7.5-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Palu, Sulawesi island, killed or missing more than 4,300 people.

On December 26, 2004, a devastating magnitude 9.1 earthquake struck off the coast of Sumatra and triggered a tsunami that killed 220,000 across the region, including around 170,000 in Indonesia.

It was one of the deadliest natural disasters in recorded history.

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