Earthquake of magnitude 6.5 strikes west off Indonesia's Sumatra; tremors felt in Singapore

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Earthquake of magnitude 6.5 strikes west off Indonesia's Sumatra; tremors felt in Singapore - World News

JAKARTA/SINGAPORE (REUTERS, AFP) – An earthquake of magnitude 6.5 struck west of Indonesia’s island of Sumatra on Sunday (Aug 13) but there was no tsunami risk, seismologists said as panicked residents fled their homes.

There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage in the quake, which hit at a depth of 35km at 10.08am (11.08am Singapore time), at a distance of 73km west of the city of Bengkulu, according to the United States Geological Survey.

Several Twitter users reported that they felt the tremors in Singapore.

When contacted, the Singapore Civil Defence Force said it was aware of the quake but had not received any calls for assistance. 

This story is developing.





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