Indonesia natural disaster: 6.4 magnitude quake jolts Sumatra

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 13, 2017

A strong natural disaster struck off the coast of southern Sumatra in Indonesia on Sunday, causing panic as it was felt several hundred kilometres away in Singapore.

The quake hit at a depth of 35 kilometres at 10:08 AM (0308 GMT) 73 kilometres west of Bengkulu, news agency AFP reported.

He said officials were checking if there were any casualties or damage.

An quake of magnitude 6.5 struck west of Indonesia's island of Sumatra on Sunday (Aug 13) but there was no tsunami risk, seismologists said as panicked residents fled their homes.

According to Mochammad Riyadi, an official at Indonesia's meteorology and geophysics agency told.

Meanwhile, panicked residents fled their homes. "Tremors felt in Lor 1 Toa Payoh at around 11.10am", Andrew Tan told Channel NewsAsia through WhatsApp.

Indonesia is prone to quake as it lies on a vulnerable quake-hit zone so called "the Pacific Ring of Fire".

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