A magnitude 6.2 earthquake hit Indonesia, killing two people, damaging buildings and causing panic in the streets.
- An earthquake of magnitude 6.2 has struck off the coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra.
- Two people died, 20 were injured, dozens of buildings were damaged.
- The earthquake struck 66km north-northwest of Bukittinggi on Friday.
- It hit about 12 kilometers below the Earth’s surface and caused a landslide.
On Friday, a strong and shallow earthquake struck off the coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra, killing two people and injuring 20, damaging buildings and causing panic in the island of Sumatra and neighboring Malaysia and Singapore.
The USGS said the 6.2 magnitude quake struck about 66 kilometers north-northwest of Bukittinggi, a hilly city in West Sumatra province. It hit about 12 kilometers below the Earth’s surface.
Suharyanto, head of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency, said at least two people were killed in West Pasaman, the closest area to the epicenter, and 20 others were injured when dozens of houses and buildings collapsed.
A magnitude 6.2 quake struck about 66 kilometers north-northwest of Bukittinggi, in West Sumatra province (pictured locals evacuating a market in Pekanbaru after Friday’s quake)
At least two people were killed in West Pasaman – the closest area to the epicenter – and 20 others were injured when dozens of houses and structures collapsed (pictured, police help evacuate West Pasaman residents on Friday)
He said the earthquake also caused a landslide in the area.
Dwikorita Karnavati, head of the Indonesian Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics, said there was no danger of a tsunami but warned of possible tremors.
Television reports showed that a massive earthquake sent panicked people into the streets of Padang, the provincial capital of West Sumatra, and patients from a hospital in West Pasaman were evacuated from the building.
The earthquake struck about 12 kilometers from the Earth’s surface, damaging buildings and frightening people on the island of Sumatra and in neighboring Malaysia and Singapore.
People in neighboring Malaysia and Singapore were also reported to have felt the tremors.
A video circulating on social media shows residents gathering on the streets after high-rise buildings in Kuala Lumpur swayed for a few seconds.
Witnesses reported seeing their doors and chairs shaking, and photographs and paintings taped to the walls trembling.
Authorities said there was no danger of a tsunami, but warned of possible aftershocks (buildings collapsed following a magnitude 6.2 earthquake that struck Indonesia on Friday) in the photo.
Hamsuardi, head of West Pasaman County, said Friday’s quake caused damage to dozens of homes and structures, including his office. Authorities are still collecting information on the full extent of the damage in the affected areas.
In January 2021, a magnitude 6.2 earthquake in West Sulawesi province killed at least 105 people and injured about 6,500.
Indonesia has a number of seismic faults and is prone to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.
The massive 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami killed nearly 230,000 people in a dozen countries, most of them in Indonesia.