Strong quake strikes off Indonesian island of Sumatra

Elias Hubbard
August 13, 2017

Singapore broadcaster Channel NewsAsia said it received calls from residents in the city state who felt tremors.

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

Residents ran from their homes and there were power outages in some areas but no reports of casualties or structural damage to buildings, Nugroho said.

"The quake was quite strong and shallow, it was felt all the way to Padang, West Sumatra, but there was no threat of a tsunami", Mochammad Riyadi, an official at Indonesia's meteorology and geophysics agency told AFP. 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.

The natural disaster hit at a depth of 35 km and at a distance of 74 km west of the city of Bengkulu, AP reported.

Indonesia is prone to quakes as it lies on the vulnerable "Pacific Ring of Fire" zone.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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