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6.2-magnitude quake hits off Indonesia’s Sumatra

A 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck the Indonesian island of Sumatra early Monday, according to the US Geological Survey.

The epicentre of the earthquake was 37 kilometres deep, 48 kilometres (30 miles) south-southeast of Singkil in Aceh province.

The USGS revised its measurement of the earthquake from 6.0 magnitude to 48 kilometres depth, which occurred around 6:30 a.m. local time (2230 GMT).

There were no immediate reports of fatalities or significant damage, according to Indonesia’s disaster agency, while the Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency of Indonesia (BMKG) recorded it at 6.2 and stated that there was no threat of a tsunami.

According to Abdul Muhari, a spokesman for the BNPB disaster mitigation agency:

“The earthquake caused people to panic. It was felt between 3-10 seconds in four districts in Aceh and North Sumatra province.”

Indonesia frequently experiences seismic and volcanic activity due to its location on the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” where tectonic plates collide.

On November 21, a 5.6-magnitude earthquake struck the populated West Java province on Java’s main island, killing 602 people.

The majority of the victims died when buildings collapsed or landslides began.

On December 26, 2004, one of Sumatra’s deadliest earthquakes struck, triggering a tsunami in the Indian Ocean that killed over 230,000 people, including victims from Sri Lanka, India, and Thailand.

As a result of the strong 9.1-magnitude earthquake, 30-meter (100-foot) waves hit the Banda Aceh shoreline on Sumatra.

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