Strong natural disaster of magnitude 6.4 jolts Indonesia's Sumatra

The quake hit at a depth of 35 kilometres at 10:08 am 73 kilometres west of Bengkulu on Sunday

Strong natural disaster of magnitude 6.4 jolts Indonesia's Sumatra

Singapore broadcaster Channel NewsAsia said it received calls from residents in the city state who felt tremors.

An quake of 6.4 magnitude struck off the coast of Indonesian island Sumatra on Sunday morning.

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There are no immediate reports of damage or tsunami warning.

The quake with epicentre 71 km southwest North Bengkulu and depth at 10 km under seabed hit at 10.08 a.m. "The quake was quite strong and shallow, it was felt all the way to Padang, West Sumatra, but there was no threat of a tsunami", he said.

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A resident of Bengkulu region in Indonesia, Neng Hasnah told AFP that her family fled the house out of fear as the tremors were quite strong.

Indonesia, sits on the highly seismically active zone "Pacific Ring of Fire", where many continental plates on the earth's crust keep colliding, Sumatra also experiences frequent earthquakes.

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In 2004, a powerful Indian Ocean quake set off a tsunami that killed more than 230,000 people in a dozen countries, a lot of them in Indonesia's Aceh province in northern Sumatra.

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