Quake of 6.4 magnitude hits Sumatra island in Indonesia

Quake of 6.4 magnitude hits Sumatra island in Indonesia

Quake of 6.4 magnitude hits Sumatra island in Indonesia

Singapore broadcaster Channel NewsAsia said it received calls from residents in the city state who felt tremors. There are no reports of damage or casualties, however.

Indonesia's seismological agency BMKG said the preliminary magnitude of the natural disaster was 6.6, but the United States Geological Survey (USGS) put the initial magnitude slightly lower, at 6.4.

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

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

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

Bengkulu resident Neng Hasnah said the quake felt very strong for a few seconds, forcing her and her family members to flee her house.

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

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