NewsHeavy earthquake in Sumatra: at least two dead

Heavy earthquake in Sumatra: at least two dead

A 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck the Indonesian island of Sumatra on Friday morning. Two people are killed and others are injured.

Medan – A powerful earthquake measuring 6.2 has shaken the Indonesian island of Sumatra. At least two people died and 20 others were injured, according to the German Press Agency (dpa) on Friday.

The earthquake occurred on Friday morning around 8.40 a.m. (local time) in the north of the island, about 70 kilometers from the city of Bukittinggi, at a depth of about twelve kilometers, according to the US earthquake observatory.

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The island state of Indonesia is repeatedly affected by earthquakes* because of its location on the Pacific Ring of Fire. A few minutes earlier, a severe earthquake off the coast had already forced residents to leave their homes. “We all fled our home,” 36-year-old Yudi Prama Agustino told AFP. “I have a one-year-old baby, so in a panic I pushed the stroller out of the house.”

Many buildings in West Sumatra province were damaged. The tremors also triggered a landslide in West Pasaman County. Several houses were buried by the mudslide, but it’s still unclear if there were any other casualties, the JPNN website quoted local civil defense officials as saying.

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