The epicenter of the earthquake that struck at 9:23 a.m. Western Indonesia Time (WIB) was located some 66 kilometers (km) away from Bolaang Uki Sub-district at a depth of 14 km, according to the Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG).
No immediate reports were received of damages or casualties in the aftermath of the quake located at the coordinates of 0.06 degrees South Latitude and 124.40 degrees East Longitude.
Earthquakes regularly rock various parts of Indonesia since the country lies on the Circum-Pacific Belt, also known as the Ring of Fire, where several tectonic plates meet and cause frequent volcanic and seismic activities.
In the island of Sulawesi, North Sulawesi is one of the provinces vulnerable to earthquakes. On May 14, 2021, for instance, an earthquake of magnitude 5.1 struck northeast of Melonguane at 15:17:43 WIB.
The quake's epicenter was located at 4.27 degrees northern latitude and 127.83 degrees eastern longitude, some 131 km northeast of Melonguane, and at a depth of 23 km.
Indonesia's deadliest earthquake hit Banda Aceh and several other parts of Aceh Province on December 26, 2004.
The undersea megathrust earthquake that triggered a deadly giant tsunami destroyed several parts of the city in the northernmost tip of Sumatra Island and reportedly killed some 170 thousand residents.
The latest deadly earthquake to have jolted Indonesia occurred in West Sulawesi Province on January 15, 2021.
The 6.2-magnitude earthquake, ensued by several aftershocks, jolted the districts of Mamuju and Majene, claiming more than 100 lives and destroyed several buildings.
Sulawesi Island has repeatedly borne witness to deadly earthquakes. On September 28, 2018, for instance, a 7.4-magnitude earthquake hit several parts of Central Sulawesi Province.
The strong earthquake that was followed by a tsunami and soil liquefaction in Palu, the capital of Central Sulawesi Province, claimed 2,102 lives, injured 4,612, and rendered 680 others missing.
A total of 68,451 homes incurred serious damage, while 78,994 people were displaced.
The authorities and humanitarian workers decided to bury the large number of rotting corpses in mass graves.
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