Strong quake hits Sumatra, Indonesia

-A A +A

Sunday, May 18, 2014


BANDA ACEH, Indonesia -- A strong and shallow undersea earthquake hit parts of Indonesia's Sumatra Island, causing panic Sunday.

The U.S. Geological Survey said a 6.2-magnitude earthquake hit at a depth of 9 kilometers (5.5 miles) beneath the sea. It was centered 319 kilometers (197 miles) southwest of Banda Aceh, the capital of Aceh province.

Indonesia's Meteorology and Geophysics Agency put a preliminary magnitude at 6.4 and said it had no potential to trigger a tsunami.

The quake was felt across many parts of the province, causing panic among some residents, said Suhardjono, the agency official who like many Indonesians uses only a single name.

Suhardiono said that the earthquake did not cause major damage and there were no immediate reports of injuries.

Indonesia, the world's largest archipelago, is prone to earthquakes due to its location on the Pacific "Ring of Fire," an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin.

In 2004, a monster temblor off Aceh shores triggered a tsunami that killed 230,000 people in a dozen countries. Most of the deaths were in Aceh. (AP)

DISCLAIMER: Sun.Star website welcomes friendly debate, but comments posted on this site do not necessary reflect the views of the Sun.Star management and its affiliates. Sun.Star reserves the right to delete, reproduce or modify comments posted here without notice. Posts that are inappropriate will automatically be deleted.

Forum rules: Do not use obscenity. Some words have been banned. Stick to the topic. Do not veer away from the discussion. Be coherent and respectful. Do not shout or use CAPITAL LETTERS!
Sun.Star Jobs
  • ePaper
  • Festivals
  • tell it to sunstar
  • Sinulog
  • Calamity Report
  • Sun.Star Zup!
  • Habemus Papam
  • Pnoy
  • Filipino Abroad
  • Obituary
  • Philippine Polls
  • SunStar Celebrity
  • Sunstar Multimedia
  • Technology
  • Pacman blog
  • goodearth