6.4-magnitude earthquake strikes off Indonesia's Sumatra island

PTI Jakarta | Updated on March 12, 2018 Published on April 15, 2012

A 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Indonesia’s Sumatra island today but there were no reports of damage, the geophysics agency said.

“The epicentre is in the sea and there is no tsunami warning because at less than 7.0 magnitude, it is still considered moderate,” said Mr Arif Nurahim, an official at Indonesia’s Meteorology and Geophysics Agency.

The quake hit 640 kilometres southwest of Aceh province, which was shaken on Wednesday by two massive earthquakes that triggered a tsunami alert.

At a magnitude of 8.6, the first of the two quakes was the strongest to hit since the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami that killed 170,000 in Aceh but no major damage was reported.

Today’s aftershock was not felt in Aceh, unlike the quakes last week which sent panicky residents pouring out of their homes.

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Published on April 15, 2012
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