Strong natural disaster strikes off Indonesian island of Sumatra

The 6.5 quake struck the Indonesian island of Sumatra. Source USGS

The 6.5 quake struck the Indonesian island of Sumatra. Source USGS

An quake of magnitude 6.4 struck Sumatra in western Indonesia on Sunday with tremors being felt as far away as Singapore and Malaysia.

The quake hit at a depth of 35 kilometres (22 miles) at 10:08 am (0308 GMT) 73 kilometres west of Bengkulu, according to the United States Geological Survey.

An natural disaster measuring 6.6 Richter scale jolted Bengkulu province in western parts of Indonesia on Sunday, Muhammad Tizam, official in charge of meteorology and geophysics agency told Xinhua by phone.

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An quake of 6.4 magnitude struck off the coast of Indonesian island Sumatra on Sunday morning. It was even felt in Singapore, nearly 600 km from the epicentre.

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.

There were no immediate reports of casualties or damages.

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