Quake shakes Sumatra

August 15, 2017 by  
Filed under Indonesia, News

JAKARTA, 15 August 2017: A strong 6.4-magnitude earthquake hit the Indonesian island Sumatra on Sunday, but there was no tsunami risk, seismologists said as panicked residents fled their homes.

The quake hit at a depth of 35 kilometres (22 miles) at 10:08 am (0308 GMT) 73 kilometres west of Bengkulu, according to the United States Geological Survey.

“The earthquake was quite strong and shallow, it was felt all the way to Padang, West Sumatra, but there was no threat of a tsunami,” Mochammad Riyadi, an official at Indonesia’s meteorology and geophysics agency told AFP. Read more