Strong quake strikes off western Indonesia

JAKARTA: A 6.0-magnitude earthquake jolted Indonesia’s western province of Bengkulu early Tuesday, but no tsunami is expected, the meteorology, climatology and geophysics agency said.

The quake hit at 1.58am local time (1858 GMT Monday), with the epicentre at 51km southwest of Enggano Island and the shallow of 10km under seabed. There was no initial report of damages or casualty, the agency said.

“The tremors were felt in North Bengkulu district, but did not trigger panic among residents. So far, there was no report of houses or buildings destroyed, or of people wounded or killed,” Emergency Unit of Provincial Disaster Management and Mitigation Agency head Khristian Hermansyah told Xinhua over the phone.

The official said the personnel of the local disaster management and mitigation agency will keep conducting risk assessment. − BERNAMA

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