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6.1 magnitude earthquake hits West Sumatra PADANG - An earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter Scale rocked Padang, West Sumatra, at 8:11 a.m. on Wednesday. There was no immediate report of injuries or damage. The quake's epicenter was located at around 56 kilometers southeast of off coast Siberut, Mentawai, at a depth of 10 kilometers below sea level, according to data from the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency.

Antara state news agency reported that the tremblor caused residents in Padang and Mentawai to rush out of their houses in panic. On September 30, 2009, a powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 7.9 on the Richter scale devastated Padang city, the provincial capital of West Sumatra, killing at least 1,117 people.

Experts have warned the area, which lies near the Indo-Australian and Eurasian tectonic plates, would bear the brunt of Indonesia's next major earthquake, as the final segment along the stretch is shifting and is expected to unleash a massive amount of energy.


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56 km S.E. of Siberut, Mentawai, Western Sumatra

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Posted in Earthquake @ 23 December 2009 03:58 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink

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