Strong quake hits West Sumatra, Indonesia

10:14, December 23, 2009      

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A shallow earthquake with the magnitude of 6.1 rocked West Sumatra province of Indonesia on Wednesday morning, the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency reported here.

The quake struck at 08:15 a.m. Jakarta time (0115 GMT) with the epicenter at 56 km Siberut of Mentawai island of the province and with a depth of 10 km under sea bed, an official of the agency Arief Nursalim told Xinhua over phone.

The intensity of the quake was felt at 2 to 3 MMI (Modified Mercally Intensity) at Padang Panjang town of the province and at 1 to 2 MMI in Sibolga of the nearby province of North Sumatra, he said.

West Sumatra province has been conducting reconstruction and rehabilitation after it was hit by a 7.6 magnitude quake on Sept. 30.

Indonesia sits on a vulnerable quake-hit zone so called the "Pacific Ring of Fire."

Source: Xinhua
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