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Earthquake of magnitude 6.0 hits off Indonesia’s Sumatra

World NewsEarthquake of magnitude 6.0 hits off Indonesia's Sumatra

The U.S. Geological Survey reported that a magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck off the coast of Indonesia’s Sumatra island early Monday. The USGS said the epicenter was 48 kilometers (30 miles) south-southeast of the city of Sangkal in Aceh province at a depth of 48 kilometers.

It occurred around 6:30 a.m. local time (2330 GMT) and there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage, and there was no tsunami alert.

Indonesia’s Meteorology, Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) put the quake at a magnitude of 6.2, while the European-Mediterranean Seismological Center said a witness testified that the quake was “felt in the field” — about 120 kilometers to the northeast. . .

Also read: Magnitude 7.6 earthquake in Indonesia, aftershocks felt in northern Australia

Indonesia experiences frequent earthquake and volcanic activity due to its position on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, where tectonic plates collide.

On November 21, a 5.6-magnitude earthquake struck the populous West Java province on the main island of Java, killing 602 people.

Most of the victims died as a result of collapsing buildings or landslides.

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One of the deadliest earthquakes on the island of Sumatra occurred on December 26, 2004, triggering a tsunami in the Indian Ocean that killed more than 230,000 people, including victims as far away as Sri Lanka, India, and Thailand.

The powerful 9.1-magnitude earthquake produced 30-meter (100-foot) waves that hit the coast of Banda Aceh on Sumatra.

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