Magnitude 6.1 earthquake strikes near northern coast of Indonesia's Sumatra island, confirms EMSC

Sept 24 (Reuters) - An earthquake of magnitude 6.1 struck off the northern coast of Indonesia's Sumatra island on Saturday, the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said.

The quake was about 19 km (11.81 miles)south southeast of Meulaboh in Indonesia and had a depth of 40 km (24.85 miles) EMSC added.

The country's meteorology and geophysics agency did not issue a tsunami warning.

The quake jolted at 03:52 Jakarta time Saturday (2052 GMT Friday), with the epicentre at 45 km Southwest of Meulaboh town and the depth at 22 km under the sea bed, the agency said.

The tremors of the quake were felt in several parts of the province but did not cause damage or casualties, including in the hardest-hit areas of Meulaboh town, and the districts of Aceh Selatan (South Aceh) and Nagan Raya of the province, an official in charge at the provincial disaster management and mitigation agency Musriadi A said.

"The jolts of the quake were felt, but the residents did not panic. They only rushed outside their houses. So far there were no reports of houses or buildings damaged, or those wounded or killed," the official told Xinhua via phone, reported Xinhua.

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