Strong natural disaster strikes off Indonesian island of Sumatra

Claudine Rigal
Août 13, 2017

The Disaster Management Centre (DMC) warns that all coastal communities in Sri Lanka to be on alert due to a strong 6.4-magnitude quake that hit off the Indonesian island of Sumatra this morning.

There are no immediate reports of damage and no tsunami warning.

According to Mochammad Riyadi, an official at Indonesia's meteorology and geophysics agency told.

Ade Edward, an official at the disaster mitigation agency in the coastal city of Padang, about 385km from Bengkulu, said the quake caused residents to panic. It forced her to flee her house along with her family members.

Singapore's Channel NewsAsia television station said it received calls from residents in Singapore, some 590km from Bengkulu, who also felt tremors.

In December 2016, an quake struck Indonesia's western Aceh province killing more than 100 people, injuring many more and leaving tens of thousands homeless.

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