6.2 earthquake shakes western Indonesia, no casualties reported

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JAKARTA, Indonesia – An undersea earthquake shook part of western Indonesia on Monday morning, but there were no immediate reports of serious damage or injuries.

The magnitude 6.2 earthquake was centered 40 kilometers (25 miles) southeast of Singkil, a coastal area in Aceh province at a depth of 37 kilometers (23 miles), the US Geological Survey said.

No tsunami warning has been issued by Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency.

Indonesia, a large island of more than 270 million people, is frequently hit by earthquakes and volcanic eruptions due to its location on the “Ring of Fire,” an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin.

A magnitude 5.6 earthquake on November 21 killed at least 331 people and injured nearly 600 in the city of Cianjur in West Java. It was the deadliest in Indonesia since the 2018 earthquake and tsunami in Sulawesi killed around 4,340 people.

In 2004, an extremely powerful earthquake in the Indian Ocean triggered a tsunami that killed more than 230,000 people in a dozen countries, most of them in the Aceh region of Indonesia.

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