6.5-magnitude quake hits Sumatra and Indonesia

Sep 14, 2012 12:00 AM

An earthquake measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale occurred at 0452 GMT in Southern Sumatra, Indonesia, the Hong Kong Observatory said.
The epicentre was initially determined to be near 3.5 degrees south latitude and 100.4 degrees east longitude, about 290 km south of Padang.

The USGS reported the quake was at 6.3 magnitude with the depth at 25 km under sea bed.
The quake struck at 11:51 a.m. local time with epicentre at 162 km southeast Mentawai island of West Sumatra and with the depth at 83 km sea bed, an official of Indonesian Meteorology and Geophysics Agency told.

The intensity of the quake was felt at 3 to 4 MMI (Modified Mercally Intensity) at Padang city, the provincial capital of West Sumatra, the official said.
Indonesia is vulnerable on earthquake as it lies on quake-hit zone so called "the Pacific Ring of Fire".

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