Earthquake hits Sumatra

15 May 2005 | 12:44 Code : 5086 Geoscience events
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The Indonesian island of Sumatra has been hit by an earthquake measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale, however, there are no reports of any casualties or damage.

The Indonesian island of Sumatra has been hit by an earthquake measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale, however, there are no reports of any casualties or damage.

The Indonesian Meteorological and Geophysical Agency in Jakarta said the epicentre was about 50 kms (30 miles) northwest of the West Sumatra city of Padang.

The quake was also felt on Nias island, which was hit by an 8.7 magnitude quake on March 28 that killed hundreds of residents.

"There is no tsunami due to the quake because it was a deep one under the sea," said seismologist Rinto Madjiono at the quake centre in Jakarta.

"But the quake was felt quite strong in Padang and Nias although there is no report of damage. Its impact was a lot smaller than the one in Nias (in March)."


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