JAKARTA: A strong earthquake hit off the western Indonesian coast in the Indian Ocean, but there were no immediate reports of damage.
The US Geological Survey reported that yesterday’s 6.2-magnitude quake was centred in the sea at a depth of 20km, about 16.7km southwest of Sinabang town of Aceh province.
Rahmat Triyono, who heads the earthquake and tsunami centre at Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency, said there was no risk of a tsunami from the quake and there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.
Residents in Sinabang felt a moderate tremor for a few seconds, while people in the Aceh provincial capital of Banda Aceh did not feel the quake.
The national disaster agency said it was still gathering information on any damage that may have been caused by the earthquake.
Indonesia, home to more than 260 million people, is prone to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions due to its location along the Pacific “Ring of Fire”. — AP
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