Every fault that experienced an earthquake in the past is likely to experience earthquakes in the future. Plate boundaries are of course the most likely places to be struck by earthquakes, but seismic events can also happen within tectonic plates. Scientists study the segmentation of the Sunda megathrust and the return times of earthquakes in this subduction zone to mitigate their effects as much as possible. Skip to main content.
Earthquake of magnitude 6.9 strikes Banda Sea off Indonesia
A powerful earthquake has rocked Indonesia's Sulawesi island, killing at least 42 people, with more feared dead as rescuers search for survivors. The 6. Indonesia has a history of devastating earthquakes and tsunamis, with more than 2, killed in a Sulawesi quake. Eight people died when the five-storey Mitra Manakarra Hospital in Mamuju partially collapsed on Friday, officials said. About 60 people were safely evacuated from the hospital.
The undersea tremor struck at a depth of more than km about km south of Katabu on the island of Sulawesi, the USGS said. Deep quakes tend to cause less damage than shallow ones and USGS said there was a low likelihood of casualties and damage. In , a 7.