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6.2 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Indonesia’s Northwest

A strong earthquake of magnitude 6.2 struck Indonesia’s northwest on Tuesday, slightly damaging several buildings but causing no injuries.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake was centred in the sea at a depth of 20.3 km, (12 miles), about 17 km (10 miles) southwest of the town of Sinabang in Aceh province.

The earthquake and tsunami centre at Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency, said there was no risk of a tsunami from the quake.

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“We are now watching at the beach to monitor the movement of seawater,” Simeulue resident Ahmadi told AFP.

No casualties or infrastructure damage have been reported so far.

The country’s National Disaster Mitigation Agency said the quake caused cracks or broken windows in several buildings in Sinabang.

Indonesia, home to more than 260 million people, is prone to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions due to its location along the Pacific “Ring of Fire.”

A powerful Indian Ocean quake and tsunami in 2004 killed a total of 230,000 people in a dozen countries, and Aceh province, which was closest to the earthquake, was hit first and hardest.

More than 170,000 people died in Indonesia alone, about three-quarters of the overall death toll.

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