Robust undersea quake causes panic in western Indonesia

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JAKARTA, Indonesia — A powerful and shallow undersea earthquake shook western Indonesia on Monday, inflicting residents to panic, however there have been no fast stories of significant injury or casualties.

The quake triggered panic in Siberut, a coastal city on Mentawai island, the place folks ran to larger floor, witnesses instructed The Related Press. However no main damages have been reported on Mentawai, the closest island to the epicenter.

The magnitude 6.4 earthquake posed no hazard of triggering a tsunami, the Indonesian Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Company mentioned. Smaller earthquakes of 5.9 and 5.2 magnitude additionally shook the province earlier on Monday.

The U.S. Geological Survey measured the quake at magnitude 5.9 and mentioned it was centered about 170 kilometers (105.6 miles) west-southwest of Pariaman, a coastal metropolis in West Sumatra province at a depth of 18 kilometers (11 miles). Variations in early measurements are frequent.

Indonesia is a seismically energetic archipelago of 270 million folks that’s often struck by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis.

In February, a magnitude 6.2 earthquake killed no less than 25 folks and injured greater than 460 in West Sumatra province. In January 2021, a magnitude 6.2 earthquake killed greater than 100 folks and injured almost 6,500 in West Sulawesi province.


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