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13 August 2017, 03:40 | Opal Carroll
Earthquake of magnitude 6.5 hits Indonesia's Sumatra; tremors felt in Singapore
Residents fled their homes as a 6.6-magnitude quake jolted Bengkulu province in the western part of Sumatra on Sunday morning.
A strong 6.4-magnitude natural disaster hit off the Indonesian island Sumatra on Sunday but there was no tsunami risk, seismologists said as panicked residents fled their homes.
Channel NewsAsia received calls from residents in Singapore living in Toa Payoh and Farrer Road saying they felt tremors.
The quake struck at a depth of 22 miles at 3.08am BST (10.08am local time) around 50 miles west of Bengkulu, but tremors were reportedly felt in Singapore, which is a whopping 368 miles from the Sumatra city.
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An quake measuring 6.6 richter scale struck off Bengkulu province, western Indonesia on August 13, the local meteorology and geophysics agency said. It was even felt in Singapore, nearly 600 km from the epicentre. Sungaipenuh resident Amalia, 28, said she also fled her house, and so did other residents in her neighborhood.
There were no immediate reports of casualties or damages.
Indonesia sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire where tectonic plates collide, causing frequent seismic and volcanic activity.
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