A 6.9 magnitude earthquake has struck off the coast of North Sumatra province in Indonesia

2022-06-15 0 By

Jakarta, March 14 (Xinhua) –An earthquake measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale struck off the coast of North Sumatra, Indonesia Wednesday, but there were no immediate reports of casualties or property damage.The quake struck at 4:09 Jakarta time (5:09 Beijing time) in waters off Nannias county in North Sumatra province at a depth of 25 kilometers, according to the website of Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climate and Geophysics Agency.Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climate and Geophysics Agency recorded strong tremors felt on islands and towns close to the epicenter, and a 6.0 magnitude aftershock later struck near the epicenter.The agency did not issue a tsunami warning, but warned of the possibility of aftershocks near the epicenter, urging residents to remain calm and vigilant.The quake had a magnitude of 6.7 and was centered at a depth of 21.8 kilometers, according to the U.S. Geological Survey’s earthquake Information Network.Indonesia sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire and is hit by thousands of large and small earthquakes every year.In September 2018, more than 2,000 people were killed when a 7.4-magnitude earthquake struck Dongara district in Indonesia’s Central Sulawesi province.Source: Xinhua