Magnitude 6.9 earthquake off western Indonesia
A magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck off the coast of western Indonesia late Friday, the US Geological Survey said, with no reported damage.
The agency said the quake struck around 8:30 p.m. (1:30 p.m. GMT) at a depth of about 212 km southwest of Bengkulu. It was located near the island of Engano.
A magnitude 5.4 aftershock was reported to have struck the same area at 21:07 (14:07 GMT).
“We confirmed this with the authorities of the island of Engano, which is closer to the center, and they mentioned that people there felt it lightly. So far there have been no reports of damage or casualties, but we are still conducting additional operations,” National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Abdul Mahari told AFP.
Bengkulu residents contacted by AFP said they did not feel the tremor or felt it only slightly.
At 14:39 GMT an alert from the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System was cancelled. IOTWMS In India shortly after the earthquake.
“Based on previous scenarios, there is no threat to the Indian Ocean riparian states,” the regime stressed.
Indonesia experiences frequent earthquakes due to its location on the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” an arc of intense seismic activity where tectonic plates that stretch from Japan through Southeast Asia and across the Pacific Basin collide.
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