Strong earthquake strikes off Indonesian island of Sumatra

2017-08-13 08:01


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Jakarta — A strong earthquake struck on Sunday off the coast of southern Sumatra in Indonesia, causing panic as it was felt several hundred kilometers away in Singapore.

There are no immediate reports of damage and no tsunami warning.

The US Geological Survey said the quake on Sunday morning had a magnitude of 6.4 and occurred at a depth of 35km. It was centered 74km west of the coastal city of Bengkulu.

Ade Edward, an official at the disaster mitigation agency in the coastal city of Padang, about 385km from Bengkulu, said the quake panicked residents.

It was felt across southern Sumatra.

Channel NewsAsia television station said it received calls from residents in Singapore, some 590km from Bengkulu, who also felt tremors.


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