Source: USGS

Earthquake Hits Western Indonesia, Tsunami Alert Not Expected

(Bloomberg) -- An earthquake with magnitude 6.1 on the Richter scale hit western Indonesia Saturday, though Xinhua reported that officials see no risk of a tsunami.

The epicenter was 166 kilometers south-south-east of Muara Siberut in Indonesia, the United States Geological Survey said. The quake had a depth of 10 kilometers.

The main shock struck at 4.27 p.m. local time and didn’t have potential to trigger a tsunami, Xinhua reported, citing an official in charge of Indonesia’s meteorology and geophysics agency. There were no initial reports of damages or casualties, according to the report.

The earthquake-prone nation experienced 11,557 temblors in 2018 alone, according to data from Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency. Of these, 297 carried a magnitude of more than 5 on the Richter scale, the data showed.

In late December, Southeast Asia’s largest economy was struck by a deadly tsunami. It hit near the Sunda Strait, taking the death toll to more than 400 people after a section of the Mount Anak Krakatau volcano collapsed.

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