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6.2 magnitude earthquake strikes off western Indonesia

Christian Fernsby |
A 6.2 magnitude earthquake jolted Indonesia's western province of North Sumatra at wee hours on Tuesday with no immediate report on damages or casualties, a local disaster official said.

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The earthquake did not trigger giant waves of tsunami, the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency said on Tuesday.

The earthquake struck at 00:04 a.m. Jakarta time on Tuesday (1704 GMT Monday) with the epicenter at 130 km southwest of Nias Barat district and the depth at 16 km under the seabed, according to the agency.

The tremors were also felt in nearby provinces of West Sumatra and Aceh, it said.

The intensity of the earthquake was felt at III to IV MMI (Modified Mercalli Intensity) in the North Sumatra province's districts of Nias Barat, Nias Selatan and Nias Utara as well as West Sumatra province's district of Mentawai islands, it disclosed.

The shakes were also felt at II to III MMI in Aceh province's Singkil district and North Sumatra province's town of Gunung Sitoli, it added. There were no preliminary reports of damages.

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