Powerful earthquake rocks Indonesia, but no casualties reported

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A strong undersea earthquake shook Indonesia’s northernmost province of Aceh on Saturday, but there were no immediate reports of serious damage or casualties and the officials said there was no tsunami threat.

Witnesses said many people fled their homes to higher ground when the pre-dawn quake hit, but later received text messages saying there was no danger of tsunami. A massive earthquake off Aceh in 2004 triggered a powerful tsunami that killed an estimated 230,000 people in a dozen countries.

Saturday’s magnitude 6.2 quake was centered 40 kilometers (24.8 miles) south-southwest of Meulaboh, a coastal town in Aceh province at a depth of 49 kilometers (30.4 miles) , said the US Geological Survey.

The Indonesian Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency measured the earthquake at a magnitude of 6.4. Variations in the opening bars are common.

Indonesia is a seismically active archipelago of 270 million people that is frequently hit by disasters such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis.

In February, a magnitude 6.2 earthquake killed at least 25 people and injured more than 460 in West Sumatra province. In January 2021, a magnitude 6.2 earthquake killed more than 100 people and injured nearly 6,500 in West Sulawesi province.

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