The magnitude 6.7 quake, which struck at 04:09 native time (21:09 GMT on Sunday), didn’t have the potential to trigger a tsunami, the top of Indonesia’s geophysics company (BMKG) Dwikorita Karnawati stated.
The European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) had put the power of the earthquake close to Kepulauan Batu at 6.8 magnitude, at a depth of 40 km (24.85 miles).
The Indonesian BMKG company described the quake as feeling like a “truck passing via” in some areas, and stated there had been 4 aftershocks with the largest of magnitude 6. Padang is about 1,000 kilometres north west of capital Jakarta.
Thus far officers had not acquired any info on injury, however had been nonetheless assessing the impression in some distant areas together with north Sumatra’s Nias Selatan, the place communications had been tough, an official stated.
Indonesia suffers frequent earthquakes, straddling the so-called “Pacific Ring of Fireplace”, a seismically energetic zone the place completely different plates of the earth’s crust meet.
The fault alongside Sumatra island may be notably energetic and harmful. In 2004, a large 9.1 magnitude quake and a tsunami off the northern tip of Sumatra killed 226,000 individuals in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Thailand and 9 different international locations.
Final month, a magnitude 6.1 earthquake within the space killed no less than 10 individuals, the native catastrophe mitigation company in West Sumatra stated.