One dead and dozens injured in earthquake in Sumatra, Indonesia

One dead and dozens injured in earthquake in Sumatra, Indonesia


A 5.9 magnitude earthquake struck the Indonesian island of Sumatra early Saturday, according to the United States Institute of Geological Studies (USGS), killing at least one person and dozens of wounded.  

The earthquake was recorded at a relatively shallow depth of 13 km, shortly before 02:30 local time (19:30 GMT), about 40 km from the town of Sibolga in the North Province of Sumatra, according to the USGS. 

A man in his 50s died of a heart attack caused by the earthquake and at least 25 people were injured, an official from the regional disaster management agency, Febrina Tampubolon, told AFP.   

Authorities were assessing the damage but electricity poles and communications towers were hit, disrupting networks, Ms Tampubolon added. 

< p>About 50 tremors were recorded by the Indonesian Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BKMG). 

BKMG official Dwikorita Karnawati urged residents to be vigilant about possible new tremors and called on the population to find shelter in a safe place. 

“For those whose houses have been damaged, it is recommended not to stay inside because possible aftershocks could damage them. more,” she told a virtual press conference. 

Aftershocks could also lead to landslides, she warned. < /p>

Indonesia is located on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, which means that it is plagued by frequent earthquakes.  

In 2018, a magnitude 7.5 earthquake followed by a tsunami in Palu, on the island of Sulawesi, killed more than 2,200 people. 

In 2004, a powerful earthquake of magnitude 9 ,1 in Aceh province caused a tsunami and killed more than 170,000 people in Indonesia.