Strong quake hits Sumatra

August 8th, 2008 - 3:08 pm ICT by IANS  

Jakarta, Aug 8 (Xinhua) A quake measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale rocked Indonesia’s Sumatra Island Friday, the meteorology office said here. The quake struck at 1.30 p.m. with the epicentre at 140 km southeast of Pagar Selatan town of Mentawai Island in West Sumatra and at 10 km under the sea bed, an official said.

There was no immediate official word on casualties and damage.

Indonesia sits on a fault line, called “the Pacific Ring of Fire”, where two continental plates meet that cause frequent seismic and volcanic movement.

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