Natural disaster of magnitude 6.5 hits Indonesia's Sumatra; tremors felt in Singapore

Natural disaster of magnitude 6.5 hits Indonesia's Sumatra; tremors felt in Singapore

Natural disaster of magnitude 6.5 hits Indonesia's Sumatra; tremors felt in Singapore

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake jolted 73 km west of Bengkulu, Indonesia at 03:08:11 GMT on Sunday.

There are no immediate reports of damage or tsunami warning.

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Several Twitter users reported that they felt the tremors in Singapore. The epicenter, with a depth of 35.9 km, was initially determined to be at 3.7937 degrees south latitude and 101.6003 degrees east longitude.

Indonesia, sits on the highly seismically active zone "Pacific Ring of Fire", where many continental plates on the earth's crust keep colliding, Sumatra also experiences frequent earthquakes.

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National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said the quake was felt for about 10 seconds in coastal cities and was strong enough to shake belongings from shelves and topple furniture.

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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