Massive quake strikes sending tremors through Indonesian island

Pauline Gross
August 13, 2017

According to local media reports, the quake struck at a depth of about 36 kilometres at a distance of about 73 km west of Bengkulu.

An natural disaster of magnitude 6.5 struck west of Indonesia's island of Sumatra on Sunday, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said.

"We did not issue tsunami warning as the quake is not potential for tsunami", he said.

Residents ran from their homes and there were power outages in some areas but no reports of casualties or structural damage to buildings, Nugroho said.

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More details are awaited.

An quake struck Indonesia's western Aceh province in December 2016, killing more than 100 people, injuring many more and leaving tens of thousands homeless.

Bengkulu resident Neng Hasnah said that the tremors were felt very strongly for a few seconds.

Indonesia, the world's largest archipelago, is prone to the seismic upheaval and tsunamis due to its location on major geological faults known as the Pacific "Ring of Fire".

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