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Indonesia hit by over 11,500 quakes last year


Hope is never far: A soldier standing near a toppled mosque during recovery efforts after an earthquake hit Balaroa neighbourhood in Palu, Central Sulawesi. — AP

Hope is never far: A soldier standing near a toppled mosque during recovery efforts after an earthquake hit Balaroa neighbourhood in Palu, Central Sulawesi. — AP

Jakarta: Indonesia was rattled by more than 11,500 earthquakes last year, almost double the annual average of the past decade, according to the nation’s meteorological agency.

The archipelago was hit by 11,557 temblors in 2018, with 297 of them packing a magnitude of more than 5 on the Richter scale, according to data from the Meteorology, Clima­tology and Geophysics Agency.

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