6.5 magnitude Earthquake hits Indonesia, panic prevails
Padang: A 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit off the Sumatra island in Indonesia, at early morning, on Thursday. Although, no casualty reported, the earthquake created panic causing people to run out of their homes.
- US Geological Survey reported that the quake happened at 5.56 am local time (2256 GMT Wednesday), and struck at a depth of 50 kilometres.
- The epicentre of the quake was about 90 miles (140 kilometers) away from Padang.
No Tsunami warning was issued:
- “The quake did not have the potential to cause a tsunami,” stated Wandono, a senior official from Indonesia's Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency.
- "So far we have not received any reports of damage,” the official further added.
- Wandono also informed that Indonesia experiences frequent seismic and volcanic activity due to its position on the Pacific ‘Ring of Fire’, where tectonic plates collide.