Strong earthquake shakes western Indonesia, causes panic | Earthquakes News

Authorities say the magnitude 6.5 quake didn’t set off a tsunami warning and urge residents to not panic.

A robust earthquake has struck off the coast of Indonesia’s Sumatra island, inflicting residents to panic, however there have been no fast experiences of casualties or severe injury.

Indonesia’s meteorology and geophysics company (BMKG) recorded the magnitude 6.5 earthquake off the Mentawai islands simply earlier than 10:30am (03:30 GMT) on Monday and stated it didn’t set off a tsunami warning.

It was the third earthquake felt within the space on Monday.

A magnitude 5.2 earthquake was recorded earlier than daybreak, adopted by a magnitude 5.4 quake lower than an hour later.

The magnitude 6.5 earthquake was felt for a number of seconds within the provincial capital of Padang and within the surrounding mountainous space of Bukitinggi, the catastrophe company stated in an announcement.

The company stated there have been no experiences of casualties however there was minor injury to buildings on Siberut island.

Individually, Novriadi, an area catastrophe official on the Mentawai islands, advised the Reuters information company that residents in a number of villages had been evacuated to greater floor and an area church, faculty and well being facility had been barely broken.

The catastrophe company urged folks to not panic and warned of the potential for aftershocks.

The USA Geological Survey measured the earthquake at 5.9 and stated it was centred about 170km (105.6 miles) west-southwest of Pariaman, a coastal metropolis in West Sumatra province at a depth of 18km (11 miles).

Variations in early measurements are widespread.

Indonesia straddles the so-called “Pacific Ring of Fireplace”, the place completely different tectonic plates of the Earth’s crust meet and create frequent seismic exercise.

In February, a magnitude 6.2 earthquake killed at the very least 25 folks and injured greater than 460 in West Sumatra province. In January 2021, a magnitude 6.2 earthquake killed greater than 100 folks and injured almost 6,500 in West Sulawesi province.

In 2009, Padang was struck by a 7.6 magnitude earthquake that killed greater than 1,100 folks, injured many extra and triggered widespread destruction.