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Indonesia Earthquake: 2 killed, many injured as 6.2 magnitude quake jolts Sumatra island

The US Geological Survey said the earthquake measured 6.2 magnitude and struck about 66 km (41 miles) north-northwest of Bukittinggi, a hilly town in West Sumatra province. It struck about 12 km (7.4 miles) below the Earth's surface.

AP Reported by: AP Jakarta Updated on: February 25, 2022 13:00 IST
People wait outside after evacuating a market following an
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People wait outside after evacuating a market following an earthquake in Pekanbaru, Indonesia.

Highlights

  • A strong and shallow earthquake hit off the coast of Indonesia's Sumatra island
  • 2 killed, 20 injured while buildings were damaged as 6.2 magnitude quake jolts Sumatra island
  • Tremors were also felt in Malaysia and Singapore

A strong and shallow earthquake hit off the coast of Indonesia's Sumatra island on Friday, killing 2 people and injuring 20, damaging buildings and panicking people in Sumatra island and neighboring Malaysia and Singapore.

The US Geological Survey said the earthquake measured 6.2 magnitude and struck about 66 km (41 miles) north-northwest of Bukittinggi, a hilly town in West Sumatra province. It struck about 12 km (7.4 miles) below the Earth's surface.

Suharyanto, head of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency, said at least two people were killed in West Pasaman district — the closest area to the epicentre — and 20 others were injured as dozens of houses and buildings reportedly collapsed. He said the earthquake has also triggered a landslide in the district.

Dwikorita Karnawati, head of Indonesia's Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysical Agency, said there was no danger of a tsunami but warned of possible aftershocks.

Television reports showed the strong temblor sending streams of panicked people into the streets in Padang, the capital of West Sumatra province, and patients in a hospital at West Pasaman were being evacuated from the building.

People in neighbouring Malaysia and Singapore also reportedly felt the tremors. A video that circulated on social media showed residents gathered in streets after high-rises in Kuala Lumpur swayed for a few seconds. Witnesses reported seeing their doors and chairs shaking and photos and paintings fixed to the walls trembling.

Hamsuardi, the West Pasaman district head, said Friday's earthquake caused damage to dozens of houses and buildings, including his office. Authorities are still collecting information about the full scale of damage in the affected areas.

In January 2021, a magnitude 6.2 earthquake killed at least 105 people and injured nearly 6,500 in West Sulawesi province.

Indonesia has a number of seismic faults and is prone to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. A powerful Indian Ocean quake and tsunami in 2004 killed nearly 230,000 people in a dozen countries, most of them in Indonesia.

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