Communities across Indonesia, Vanuatu and southwestern Japan are on edge after more rumblings from the earthquake and volcano hotbed dubbed the Ring of Fire. An earthquake struck Japan on Wednesday and was quickly followed by the latest eruption of Mount Sinabung in Indonesia – the latest incident in a worrying increase of seismic activity in the volatile region.

The 6.1 magnitude quake struck off Japan’s Ryukyu Islands at around 6pm local time, according to the United States Geological Survey. Early reports suggested there were no damage or casualties but the shaking was reported on inhabited islands nearest to the epicentre. The tremors come just days after the Shinmoedake volcano in southwestern Japan started erupting for the first time in about six years. READ MORE