The US Geological Survey (USGS) recorded a 6.9-magnitude earthquake around 128 km (79.5 mi) west-southwest off Bengkulu (Sumatra) on Wednesday, August 19. The quake hit at around 05:23 (local time) at a depth of 10 km (6.2 mi). No tsunami warning was immediately issued.
Aftershocks are possible in the affected area over the coming hours and days.
Indonesia is susceptible to frequent seismic activity due to its location within the Pacific Ring of Fire. Moderate to high-intensity earthquakes occur regularly within the country and the surrounding waters. Most of these tremors cause limited damage and casualties, but stronger earthquakes occasionally have a more significant impact.
Individuals in the region are advised to monitor the situation and prepare for potential aftershocks.
In the event of aftershocks, individuals are advised to protect themselves as much as possible from falling debris if indoors (e.g. under a table), move away from the windows, and not attempt to leave a building unless there is an immediate danger. If outdoors, move away from tall buildings, utility wires, and streetlights.
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