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Earthquakes felt on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, magnitude 6.2 on the Richter scale



Jakarta: Earthquakes were felt in the early hours of Monday off the coast of the island of Sumatra in Indonesia. The intensity of the earthquake was measured at 6.2 on the Richter scale. The American Geological Survey gave this information. The USGS said the epicenter was 48 kilometers (30 mi) south-southeast of the city of Singkil in Aceh province, at a depth of 48 kilometers. This happened around 6:30 a.m. local time (2330 GMT). There were no immediate reports of casualties or major damage from the Indonesian AJC, nor of a tsunami warning.

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The Indonesian Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) gave the quake a higher magnitude of 6.2, while the Euro-Mediterranean Seismological Center reported that tremors were felt in Medan, located about 120 km north-northeast of the epicenter. Indonesia experiences frequent seismic and volcanic activity due to its position on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, where tectonic plates collide. On November 21 last year, a magnitude 5.6 earthquake struck the sparsely populated province of West Java on the main island of Java, killing 602 people. Most of the victims died from collapsing buildings or landslides.

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It is the deadliest earthquake in Indonesia since the 2018 earthquake and tsunami in Sulawesi, which killed an estimated 4,340 people. One of the deadliest earthquakes on the island of Sumatra occurred on December 26, 2004, causing a tsunami in the Indian Ocean. More than 230,000 people were killed in this disaster. Besides Indonesia, people from Sri Lanka, India and Thailand have also been included. This powerful 9.1-magnitude earthquake triggered 30-meter-high (100-foot) sea waves that hit the coast of Banda Aceh in Sumatra.

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