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Quake strikes Indonesia’s Sumatra island, no tsunami risk

Missouri State News.Net - Sunday 13th August, 2017

SUMATRA, Indonesia - The United States Geological Survey has said that an earthquake of magnitude 6.5 struck west of Indonesia's island of Sumatra on Sunday.

The USGS said that the quake struck at a depth of 67 km (42 miles), at a distance of 81 km (50 miles) west of the city of Bengkulu.

While there were no immediate casualties or damage reported due to the quake, panicked residents fled their homes and several social media users posted photos and videos of the impact of the quake felt in different parts of the island and surrounding areas.

Seismologists said that there was no tsunami risk.

Mochammad Riyadi, an official at Indonesia's meteorology and geophysics agency said, "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.”

Indonesia, which sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire" where tectonic plates collide, is prone to frequent seismic and volcanic activity.

The last massive quake to strike Indonesia’s western Aceh province was in December 2016, that left tens of thousands of people homeless, over 100 people dead and several others injured.

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