Powerful 6.4-magnitude natural disaster strikes off Indonesian Island

The 6.5 quake struck the Indonesian island of Sumatra. Source USGS

An natural disaster of magnitude 6.5 struck west of Indonesia's island of Sumatra on Sunday (Aug 13) but there was no tsunami risk, seismologists said as panicked residents fled their homes. The epicenter, with a depth of 35.9 km, was initially determined to be at 3.7937 degrees south latitude and 101.6003 degrees east longitude. There are no reports of damage or casualties, however.

Singapore broadcaster Channel NewsAsia said it received calls from residents in the city state who felt tremors.

Bengkulu resident Neng Hasnah said that the tremors were felt very strongly for a few seconds. "I was carrying my seven-month old granddaughter and I had to run, all the neighbours also ran outside their homes", Hasnah said.

No tsunami warning was issued. Source USGS
No tsunami warning was issued. Source USGS

The world's largest archipelago, Indonesia is prone to earthquakes because of to its location on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin.

In 2004, an extremely powerful Indian Ocean quake set off a tsunami that killed more than 230,000 people in a dozen countries, majority in Indonesia's Aceh province in northern Sumatra.

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