6.2 Earthquake Strikes West Sumatra Indonesia

A 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck the West Pasaman Regency of West Sumatra Province, with tremors reportedly felt in neighboring countries on Friday.

Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) reported that the quake’s epicenter was 17 kilometers northeast of West Pasaman, hitting a depth of 10 kilometers at 8:39 am local time.

The agency said there was no tsunami warning issued, and there were no immediate reports of serious damage, though the quake was felt in the neighboring provinces of Riau and North Sumatra and as far away as Malaysia and Singapore.

“The mayor called and ordered all second and third floors in every building should be vacated,” Pasaman disaster mitigation agency head Alim Bazar said.

Tremors were also felt in Singapore, witnesses and police said.

“Earth tremors were… felt in certain parts of Singapore at about 9:45 am,” Singaporean police said in a statement.

Malaysia’s meteorological department said that “vibrations” were felt on the peninsula’s western states.

“Vibrations felt in Selangor, Perak, Negeri Sembilan, Malacca, and Johor,” the department said.

Indonesia sits on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, causing it to experience frequent earthquakes.

In 2004, a 9.1 magnitude earthquake hit the coast of Sumatra and triggered a tsunami that killed 220,000 people including about 170,000 in Indonesia.

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