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Strong earthquake rocks Indonesia’s island of Sumatra

Strong earthquake rocks Indonesia's island of Sumatra.
Strong earthquake rocks Indonesia's island of Sumatra.
Written by Harry Johnson

There have been no reports of injuries following the earthquake, which struck shortly after midnight local time (5pm GMT).

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  • Indonesia is rocked by thousands of earthquakes annually.
  • Indonesia’s large island of Sumatra is home to over 58 million people.
  • The quake measured 6.2-magnitude and no tsunami alert has been issued in its wake.

The US Geological Survey (UGS) reported that a strong 5.9-magnitude earthquake has been recorded near the northwestern Indonesian island of Sumatra today.

According to Indonesia‘s Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysical Agency, the quake measured 6.2-magnitude.

No tsunami alert has been issued in the quake’s wake.

The large island of Sumatra is home to over 58 million people. There have been no reports of injuries following the earthquake, which struck shortly after midnight local time (5pm GMT).

At least three people were killed and several more injured when an earthquake struck the popular Indonesian island of Bali on October 16 and triggered a landslide. A major 6.2-magnitude quake struck the island nation back in January, destroying scores of buildings, including a hospital, and causing over 100 fatalities.

Located in a region dubbed the Pacific Ring of Fire – an arc-shaped area of frequent seismic activity – Indonesia is rocked by thousands of earthquakes annually.

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Harry Johnson

Harry Johnson has been the assignment editor for eTurboNews for almost 20 years. He lives in Honolulu, Hawaii, and is originally from Europe. He enjoys writing and covering the news.

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