4 natural disaster hits Indonesia's Sumatra: USGS

13 August, 2017, 14:58 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • No tsunami warning was issued. Source USGS

A strong natural disaster struck Sunday off the coast of southern Sumatra in Indonesia, causing panicked residents to run from their homes but no major damage.

There have been no immediate reports of fatalities or damage from the rumble, although officials were still said to be examining the situation.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake Sunday morning had a magnitude of 6.4 and occurred at a depth of 35 kilometers (21 miles).

An quake measuring 6.6 richter scale struck off Bengkulu province, western Indonesia on August 13, the local meteorology and geophysics agency said. There was no threat of a tsunami, the agency said.

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Channel NewsAsia received calls from residents in Singapore living in Toa Payoh and Farrer Road saying they felt tremors. It was even felt in Singapore, nearly 600 km from the epicentre.

Bengkulu resident Neng Hasnah said the tremor forced her and other family members to flee her house.

Indonesia, sits on the highly seismically active zone "Pacific Ring of Fire", where many continental plates on the earth's crust keep colliding, Sumatra also experiences frequent earthquakes.

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