6.4 earthquake hits Indonesia’s Sumatra: USGS


JAKARTA: A strong 6.4-magnitude earthquake hit off the Indonesian island Sumatra on Sunday but there was no tsunami risk, seismologists said as panicked residents fled their homes. The quake hit at a depth of 35 kilometers (22 miles) at 10:08 a.m. (0308 GMT) 73 kilometers west of Bengkulu, according to the United States Geological Survey. “The earthquake was quite strong and shallow, it was felt all the way to Padang, West Sumatra, but there was no threat of a tsunami,” Mochammad Riyadi, an official at Indonesia’s meteorology and geophysics agency, said. He said officials were checking if there were any casualties or damage.


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