A powerful quake struck off the west coast of Indonesia’s Sumatra island early on Monday, sending residents fleeing from their houses, however no harm or victims have been reported instantly.
The shallow 6.7-magnitude earthquake hit at 4:06 am (2109 GMT) at a depth of 21 kilometres (13 miles), with its epicentre 167 kilometres west of the coastal metropolis of Pariaman, the US Geological Survey (USGS) mentioned.
The epicentre was 197 kilometres from Padang, the capit al and largest metropolis in West Sumatra province.
“The earthquake was felt for one minute at moderate intensity as people got panic and fled their homes,” mentioned the Nationwide Catastrophe Mitigation Company (BNPB) in an preliminary report.
The tremor was adopted by a sequence of robust aftershocks, in line with the Indonesian geophysics company.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Heart initially mentioned that the earthquake may probably generate a tsunami affecting the Indian Ocean area, nevertheless it quickly lifted the warning.
“Based on the latest report, there is no damage and victims, but we continue monitoring. The jolt was strongly felt in the South Nias island,” Agus Wibisono, Nias’ Search and Rescue workplace head mentioned.
After the tsunami risk was lifted “the people calmed down,” he added.
Indonesia sits on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, inflicting it to expertise frequent earthquakes.
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