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Sumatra rattled by magnitude 6.6 earthquake

Sumatra rattled by magnitude 6.6 earthquake

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.6 rattled Indonesia's Sumatra island, the U.S. Geological Survey said, sending frightened residents running from their homes.
The quake struck Sunday night just off the coast of Bengkulu province, about 600 kilometers west of the capital, Jakarta, the USGS said. It had a depth of around 35 km.
There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries, said Gian Ginanjar, an official at the Indonesian Meteorological and Geophysics Agency.
The jolt, in the same area shaken by an 8.4 quake in September that killed 25 people, did not trigger a tsunami, national authorities said.
Many people, however, fled their homes fearing they would collapse, witnesses said.
"It shook everything in my house for a minute," Irwan Nurjanah said by telephone from Bengkulu. "I couldn't do anything but run with the others. I don't want to be buried in my house."
Just to the north in the city of Padang, which was closer to the epicenter, some people ran inland or to higher ground in a panic, fearing a tsunami, an Associated Press reporter on the scene said.


Updated : 2021-01-18 06:59 GMT+08:00