Twin earthquakes, measured at 5.5-magnitude and 5.8-magnitude, hit off the southern coast of Nias Island (North Sumatra province) on Monday, June 3. The US Geological Survey (USGS) recorded the earthquakes at 12:57 and 13:04 (local time) around 335 km (208 mi) northwest of Padang (West Sumatra province). The US Tsunami Warning System did not issue any tsunami alerts for the quakes. No reports of injuries or damage were available as of 13:40. Further earthquakes and aftershocks are possible in the coming hours and days.
Individuals in the affected area are advised to anticipate aftershocks and associated damage and disruptions to infrastructure, transportation, and power.
In the event of further earthquakes and aftershocks, individuals should protect themselves as much as possible from falling debris if indoors (e.g. under a table), to move away from windows and exterior walls (ideally in a corner), and to not attempt to leave the building unless there is an immediate danger. If outdoors, move away from tall buildings, utility wires, and streetlights.
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