Kendari, SE Sulawesi, Feb 18 (ANTARA News) - An earthquake, measuring 4.6 on the Richter Scale, jolted Kolaka District, Southeast Sulawesi Province, on Monday at 6:40 a.m. local time.
The quake did not have potential to trigger a tsunami, Rosa Amalia, head of the meteorology, climatology, and geophysics station of Kendari, stated here, Monday.
The quake`s epicenter was located at 4.17 degrees southern latitude and 121.36 degrees eastern longitude, some 29 kilometers (km) southwest of Kolaka, and at a depth of 10 km.
The shallow earthquake was caused by activities of the Kolaka fault located in southwest of the district, she remarked.
The residents of Pomalaa and Kolaka felt the tremor at II-III Modified Mercalli Intensity (MMI) scale.
Indonesia is prone to natural disasters, as the country is located in the Pacific Ring of Fire, where numerous volcanoes and earthquakes occur.
During the period from January to mid-December last year, a total of 2,572 natural disasters had hit the country, leaving at least 4,821 people dead or missing, according to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB).
Of the total, 2,572, or 96.9 percent of the natural disasters, were hydrometeorological in nature, such as floods, landslides, and whirlwind, while 76, or 3.1 percent, were geological disasters, such as earthquakes.
Reporting by Abdul Aziz Senong