West Indonesia is shaken by an earthquake, although little immediate damage is reported

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West Indonesia is shaken by an earthquake, although little immediate damage is reported

Residents of the Indonesian island of Sumatra were shaken late Tuesday night by a powerful undersea earthquake, but there were no immediate reports of significant injuries or damage.

According to the US Geological Survey, the 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck 59 kilometres (36 miles) beneath the surface in South Sumatra Province, 117 kilometres (72 miles) south of the town of Pagar Alam.

According to witnesses, many locals hurried from their homes to the next level, but afterwards learned via text messaging that a tsunami was not imminent.

The 6.5 magnitude earthquake was too deep, according to the Indonesian Agency for Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics, to cause a tsunami. Due to its location on the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” an arc of volcanoes and fault lines, Indonesia, a huge archipelago with 270 million inhabitants, is frequently affected by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and tsunamis.

A magnitude 6.2 earthquake that struck West Sumatra province in February resulted in at least 25 fatalities and over 460 injuries. A magnitude 6.2 earthquake that struck West Sulawesi province in January 2021 resulted in more than 100 fatalities and approximately 6,500 injuries.

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