Strong undersea quake reasons panic in western Indonesia

A robust and shallow undersea earthquake has shaken western Indonesia, however no harm turned into at once suggested

JAKARTA, Indonesia — A robust and shallow undersea earthquake shook western Indonesia on Monday, inflicting citizens to panic, however there had been no instant reviews of great harm or casualties.

The quake precipitated panic in Siberut, a coastal metropolis on Mentawai island, in which humans ran to better ground, witnesses informed The Associated Press. But no predominant damages had been suggested on Mentawai, the nearest island to the epicenter.

The value 6.four earthquake posed no risk of triggering a tsunami, the Indonesian Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency stated. Smaller earthquakes of 5.nine and 5.2 value additionally shook the province in advance on Monday.

The U.S. Geological Survey measured the quake at value 5.nine and stated it turned into targeted approximately a hundred and seventy kilometers (105.6 miles) west-southwest of Pariaman, a coastal town in West Sumatra province at a intensity of 18 kilometers (eleven miles). Variations in early measurements are common.

Indonesia is a seismically energetic archipelago of 270 million humans this is often struck with the aid of using earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis.

In February, a value 6.2 earthquake killed as a minimum 25 humans and injured extra than 460 in West Sumatra province. In January 2021, a value 6.2 earthquake killed extra than one hundred humans and injured almost 6,500 in West Sulawesi province.