6.6 Earthquake Strikes Sumatra

A magnitude 6.6 earthquake with a depth of 10 km (6.21 miles), struck off the northwest coast of Indonesia’s Sumatra island on Friday sending panic across the nearest island for possible tsunamis.

The earthquake hit around 12:30 (0630 GMT) near the island of Nias, about 250 kilometers (160 miles) south of the city of Sinabang.

Nias’ Search and Rescue Agency said that there had been no reports of damages or casualties so far.

“I had contacted the search and rescue team in South Nias and West Nias. They’re safe, there were no casualties and damage,” said Agus Wibisono, spokesperson for Nias’ Search and Rescue Agency, to the AFP.

Wibisono added that the tremors were quite strong causing people to panicked for the possibility of tsunamis.

“There was an earthquake which made me dizzy, but so far buildings in my area do not appear to be damaged. When it happened, we all rushed out of the house and felt dizzy,” said Sosial Zigoto, a tourist guide in South Nias.

The impact of the tremors reached Padang, the capital of West Sumatra. Milder aftershocks followed afterward but no damage or casualties were reported.

Filifo Daili, an official for the Disaster Mitigation Agency, said the earthquake lasted for around 20 seconds and the authorities were still collecting information about its impact.

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