Earthquake of magnitude 5.2 hits southwest of Sumatra


Jakarta The Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) reported that a 5.2-magnitude earthquake struck southwest of Sumatra on Thursday night, though no tsunami warning was issued.

The quake, which hit at 22:09 WIB (Western Indonesia Time), was centered 68 kilometers southwest of Enggano in the province of Bengkulu, at a depth of 15 kilometers, the BMKG noted in a written statement released on Thursday.

The quake was the latest in a series of earthquakes, with a magnitude of above 5.0, to have struck Indonesia since early this year.

On January 15, 2021, a 6.2-magnitude earthquake, followed by several aftershocks, rattled the districts of Majene and Mamuju in West Sulawesi Province, claiming more than 100 lives and injuring hundreds of others.

Earthquakes regularly strike various parts of Indonesia since the country lies on the Circum-Pacific Belt where several tectonic plates meet and cause frequent volcanic and seismic activity.





Source: Antara News


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