An earthquake in Sumatra, Indonesia with 6.0 Richter Scale

January 28th, 2009 - 12:03 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

A massive quake with the magnitude of 6.0 hit Indonesia’s Sumatra island early Wednesday, as per the US Geological Survey.

The earthquake hit at 7.01am local time, located 224 kilometres (139 miles) south-southwest of the town of Sibolga at a depth of 35 kilometres under the sea, the USGS said. Local meteorologists said the quake measured 5.6 on the Richter scale and struck with a depth of 51 kilometres.

It was felt in the town of Padang in west Sumatra, but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage and no tsunami warning was issued.

In July 2006, 7.7-magnitude earthquake hit off the south coast of the main island of Java killed more than 600 people , following series of dozens of powerful tremors hit Indonesia following 7.6 and 7.5 magnitude quakes that struck off the West Papua provincial capital Manokwari earlier this month. Around 14,000 people flooded into camps on high ground in the aftermath of those quakes fearing deadly waves after authorities issued and then withdrew a tsunami alert.

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