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22 June 2024

Magnitude-6.2 quake strikes off western coast of Indonesia’s Sumatra

By Agencies


A 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck off the western coast of Indonesia’s Sumatra island early Wednesday, killing one person and injuring five, officials said.


The quake struck at 12:15 am local time, about 24 kilometres West of Nias island, according to the Meteorogical and Geophysics Agency. It was centered about 10 kilometres beneath the Indian ocean.

One person was killed and five injured on Nias Island, said Rustam Pakaya, head of Indonesia’s Health Department Crisis Center.

Indonesia, which straddles a series of active fault lines, is prone to seismic and volcanic activity. A giant earthquake along the same coast spawned the large tsunami that killed more than 230,000 people in a number of countries in December 2004. (AP)