Quake strikes near Indonesia's Sumatra
An earthquake measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale struck off the west coast of Indonesia's Sumatra island on Friday, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties, the meteorology agency said.
The epicentre of the quake lay at a depth of 27 km about 194 km southwest of Bengkulu province, the meteorology and geophysics agency said.
A local Padang resident said the tremors were felt strongly and people rushed out of their homes in panic.
The United States Geological Survey put the quake at a magnitude of 6.1.
Indonesia suffers from frequent earthquakes as it lies in the so called "Pacific Ring of Fire", an area of intense seismic activity where a number of tectonic plates collide.
On Wednesday, a strong quake struck off Aceh province in northern Sumatra, killing at least three people and damaging buildings on the nearby island of Simeulue.
Enter your email to get our daily newsletter in your inbox
- The UN migration and refugee agencies said in a joint statement that the dead were among at least 120 migrants on a dinghy that left Libya on February 18.
- FATF’s latest plenary is also being held at a time when the US has been irked by the Pakistan Supreme Court’s acquittal of terrorist Omar Saeed Sheikh, the principal accused in the 2002 murder of American journalist Daniel Pearl.