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Magnitude 5.6 earthquake shakes northern Indonesia

Christian Fernsby |
A magnitude 5.6 earthquake jolted Indonesia's northern Sumatra region causing damage to some buildings, local media reported on Thursday.

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According to Antara news agency, the quake occurred 24 kilometers (15 miles) northwest of Sumatra’s Padang Lawas region at a depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles).

Syahrul Pasaribu, a local official in South Tapanuli district, said that some houses as well as public buildings such as mosques and schools were damaged due to the earthquake.

Pasaribu added that there were no immediate reports of causalities.

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