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18 Aug 2020 | 11:02 PM UTC

Indonesia: 6.9-magnitude earthquake strikes off the coast of Sumatra August 19

Indonesia News Alert

A 6.9-magnitude earthquake strikes west-southwest off Bengkulu (Sumatra) August 19; no tsunami warning immediately issued

TIMEFRAME expected from 8/18/2020, 12:00 AM until 8/21/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Jakarta). COUNTRY/REGION Bengkulu province

Event

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.

Context

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.

Advice

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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