Moderate quake hits Indonesia, no casualties

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New Delhi, Oct 18 (UNI) A moderate earthquake, measuring 5.2 on the Richter Scale, today hit southern Sumatra in Indonesia.

The quake, epicentred at 3.5 degree South Latitude and 101.7 Degree E Longitude, hit the region at 1531hrs (IST), India Meteorological Department said.

No casualties were, however, reported from anywhere, the IMD said.

Sumatra island had been jolted last Friday by two earthquakes both measuring 5.7 on the Richter scale and epicentred in Bengkulu province.

In fact, the country has been rocked by several significant tremors in the past few months. More than 2,30,000 people were killed when a 9.0-magnitude quake had jolted the region in December 2004, triggering a tsunami.

UNI

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