Strong tremors were felt by an undersea earthquake in western Indonesia on Friday night, but there was no serious damage or loss of life.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the 6.9-magnitude quake was centered 126 miles southwest of Bangkulu at a depth of 15 miles.
The earthquake was followed by an aftershock of magnitude 5.4, he said.
No tsunami alert was issued by Indonesia’s Meteorology, Meteorology and Geophysics Agency.
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The USGS said the likelihood of serious economic losses or fatalities is very low.
Indonesia, a vast archipelago of more than 270 million people, is frequently hit by earthquakes and volcanic eruptions because of its location on the “Ring of Fire,” a series of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific basin. is an arc.
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In October, at least one person was killed, 11 injured and more than a dozen buildings damaged when a 5.1-magnitude earthquake hit the coastal town of Sibolga in North Sumatra province. In February, a 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck West Sumatra province, killing at least 25 people and injuring more than 460.
A powerful earthquake and tsunami in the Indian Ocean in 2004 killed nearly 230,000 people in a dozen countries, most of them in Indonesia.