A magnitude 6.8 earthquake was recorded in western Indonesia

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Local authorities did not announce casualties or damage and have ruled out the possibility of a tsunami, despite having occurred over the sea

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A 6.8 magnitude earthquake was recorded in western Indonesia

A 6.8 magnitude earthquake was recorded in western Indonesia (EFE)

Western Indonesia experienced a strong earthquake on Friday, triggering tremors on the nearby island of Sumatra, one of the most populated in the country. According to the Indonesian Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (BMKG), the phenomenon had a magnitude 6.8, while the United States Geological Survey (USGS) raised it to 6.9.

The seismic activity was recorded at 20:37 hours and had its hypocenter at a depth of 10 kilometers in the sea, and the epicenter at 212 kilometers to the southeast of the town of Bukittinggi -where about 300,000 people live-.

So far, the authoritiesThey have not announced personal or material damages or victims as a result of the earthquake since it took place over the sea and did not reach the archipelago. The USGS also recorded a strong aftershock in the area, measuring 5.4 magnitude at 9:07 p.m.

Despite the fact that the India's IOTWMS warning system noted that the earthquake could generate a tsunami “based on historical data and tsunami modelling”, Indonesia's IOTWMS said on its website that“no tsunami threat” was detected.

Inhabitants of the city of Bengkulu told the AFP agency that they hardly felt the tremor last night.

A history of natural phenomena

A 6.8-magnitude earthquake was registered in the western zone of Indonesia

Indonesia is located on the Pacific Ring of Fire, so earthquakes on the island are common (REUTERS)

Indonesia sits on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire , an area where great seismic and volcanic activity is recorded, and which is the scene, every year, of about 7,000 earthquakes. Most of them, however, are moderated.

That is why, in recent years, there have been many of these phenomena that, despite not causing enormous damage, have claimed lives and have forced cities to rebuild after their passage.

For example, on October 1 of this year, at least one person died and several others were injured after a magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck the north of the Indonesian island of Sumatra . The event was followed by several aftershocks with magnitudes between 5.0 and 5.1, which were felt “moderately to strong for three to five seconds” in various locations. As a result, a wave of panic was unleashed among the residents.

Just a few weeks earlier, on August 23, an earthquake of the same magnitude had been registered but, in this case, to the southeast of the island. Just one day earlier, another quake had been felt on the tourist island of Bali with a slightly smaller magnitude of 5.8.

Meanwhile, on February 28, a devastating earthquake left at least 11 dead, hundreds injured and more than 13,000 displaced. This 6.2-magnitude phenomenon was felt in Malaysia and Singapore.

A 6.8 magnitude earthquake was recorded in the western zone of Indonesia

Rescue teams were looking for the victims of a landslide caused by an earthquake in Pasaman (AP)

Other episodes of this kind occurred in 2021, when the island of Sulawesi it was shaken by a magnitude 6.2 earthquake that left more than 100 dead and thousands of people homeless.

In turn, years earlier in 2004, in A tsunami was recorded in the north of the Indonesian island of Sumatra , causing more than 226,000 deaths in a dozen nations bordering the Indian Ocean.

(With information from Europa Press, EFE and AFP)

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