Massive quake strikes sending tremors through Indonesian island


An quake of magnitude 6.5 struck west of Indonesia's island of Sumatra on Sunday (Aug 13) but there was no tsunami risk, seismologists said as panicked residents fled their homes.

An quake measuring 6.6 richter scale struck off Bengkulu province, western Indonesia on August 13, the local meteorology and geophysics agency said. There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage in the quake.

According to reports, tremors were felt in Singapore as well.

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A resident of Bengkulu region in Indonesia, Neng Hasnah told AFP that her family fled the house out of fear as the tremors were quite strong.

It was centered 74 kilometers (46 miles) west of the coastal city of Bengkulu and also felt in Singapore, about 590 kilometers (370 miles) from the epicenter. "Tremors felt in Lor 1 Toa Payoh at around 11.10am", Andrew Tan told Channel NewsAsia through WhatsApp.

In 2004, an extremely powerful Indian Ocean quake set off a tsunami that killed more than 230,000 people in a dozen countries, a lot of them in Indonesia's Aceh province in northern Sumatra.