Moderate earthquake jolts western Indonesia

December 19th, 2008 - 5:55 pm ICT by IANS  

Jakarta, Dec 19 (Xinhua) A moderate earthquake measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale jolted western Indonesia Friday morning, the national Antara news agency said, quoting the Meteorology and Geophysics Office (BMG).The quake struck Mentawai islands in Sumatra province at around 8.27 a.m. with its epicentre located some 59 km northwest of Sipora island at a depth of 30 km under the sea level.

According to BMG, the quake did not have the potential to cause a tsunami.

There was no immediate report of casualty or material damage.

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