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Deadly 6.2-magnitude Earthquake Hits Indonesia

Fri 25 Feb 2022 | 12:10 PM
Ahmad El-Assasy

On Friday, a magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck off the western coast of Indonesia's Sumatra Island, causing damage to residences, injuries to a number of people, and shaking structures in Singapore and Malaysia, Fox News reported.

According to BMKG, the country's Meteorological, Climatological, and Geophysical Agency, the quake struck on land at a depth of 10 kilometres (6.21 miles) at 8:39 a.m. local time.

According to Reuters, Dwikorita Karnawati, the chief of BMKG, said there was no danger of a tsunami, but she cautioned of probable aftershocks.

"We're still keeping an eye on things and advising people to stay vigilant," Karnawati told MetroTV. "Because it's on land and the scale is higher than 6, we're concerned that it can cause some harm."

According to media reports, the earthquake frightened people into the streets of Padang, the capital of West Sumatra province. Patients were being evacuated from a hospital in the West Pasaman district, some 10.5 kilometres from the epicentre.

The earthquake, according to Hamsuardi, the West Pasaman district chief, damaged dozens of houses and buildings and injured numerous inpiduals, but no deaths were reported.

The entire extent of the devastation is still being determined by authorities.

Because of its location on the "Ring of Fire," a seismically active zone surrounding the Pacific Ocean where different plates of the earth's crust meet, Indonesia is subjected to regular earthquakes, according to Reuters.

According to the US Geological Survey, that zone is home to 90% of the world's earthquakes.

A 6.6 magnitude earthquake struck off the shore of Indonesia's biggest island, Java, last month, causing damage to buildings and homes. High-rises in Jakarta, the capital, swayed for more than 10 seconds during the quake.