JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com - A 6.2-magnitude earthquake hit off the coast of Indonesia's Sumatra island early Monday, January 16, the US Geological Survey reported.
The epicenter of the quake was 48 kilometers south-southeast of the city of Singkil in Aceh province, at a depth of 37 kilometers, USGS said.
It occurred around 6:30 a.m. local time and USGS revised it up from its initial measurement at 6.0 magnitude with a 48 kilometers depth.
Indonesia's Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) also put it at 6.2 and said there was no threat of a tsunami, while the country's disaster agency said there were no immediate reports of casualties or major damage.
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"The earthquake caused people to panic. It was felt between 3-10 seconds in four districts in Aceh and North Sumatra province," Abdul Muhari, a spokesman for the BNPB disaster mitigation agency, said in a statement.
Indonesia experiences frequent seismic and volcanic activity due to its position on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", where tectonic plates collide.
On November 21, a 5.6-magnitude quake hit the populous West Java province on the main island of Java, killing 602 people.
Most of the victims were killed as buildings collapsed or landslides were triggered.
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