Magnitude 6.2 quake strikes off Indonesia's Sumatra, agency says


JAKARTA (Reuters): A magnitude 6.2 quake struck off the shores of Indonesia's Sumatra island on Tuesday with the epicentre at a depth of 12km, the country's geophysics agency said.

There was no risk on a tsunami, the agency added. There were no immediate reports of damage.

Indonesia, a vast archipelago of more than 270 million people, is frequently hit by earthquakes and volcanic eruptions because of its location on the "Ring of Fire,” an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin.

A magnitude 5.6 earthquake on Nov 21, last year, killed at least 331 people and injured nearly 600 in West Java’s Cianjur city. It was the deadliest in Indonesia since a 2018 quake and tsunami in Sulawesi killed about 4,340 people.

In 2004, an extremely powerful Indian Ocean quake set off a tsunami that killed more than 230,000 people in a dozen countries, most of them in Indonesia’s Aceh province.

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