Natural disaster of magnitude 6.5 hits Indonesia's Sumatra; tremors felt in Singapore

Indonesia earthquake

Indonesia earthquake

The Disaster Management Centre (DMC) warns that all coastal communities in Sri Lanka to be on alert due to a strong 6.4-magnitude quake that hit off the Indonesian island of Sumatra this morning. There are no reports of damage or casualties, however.

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According to Mochammad Riyadi, an official at Indonesia's meteorology and geophysics agency told. It forced her to flee her house along with her family members. An quake struck Indonesia's western Aceh province in December 2016, killing more than 100 people, injuring many more and leaving tens of thousands homeless.

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In December 2016, an quake struck Indonesia's western Aceh province killing more than 100 people, injuring many more and leaving tens of thousands homeless.

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