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Two powerful quakes strike Indonesia

Two strong earthquakes strike Indonesia


Daniel Martins
Digital Reporter

Sunday, November 8, 2015, 2:19 PM - The day after a Magnitude 6.8 earthquake rattled Chile, Indonesia has seen two tremors of more than Magnitude 6.0, along with several other quakes.

The country first experienced a Magnitude 6.1 tremor Sunday evening around 107 km from the city of Sibolga on the Indonesia island of Sumatra, at a depth of 75 km.

But a more powerful Magnitude 6.4 quake struck a few hours later at sea, about 150 km north of the city of Banda Aceh, on the northern tip of Sumatra.

It struck at a much shallower depth of only 7.7 km, according to the United States Geological Survey, although there have not been any reports of a tsunami or significant damage.

For the first quake, Channel News Asia quotes an AFP correspondent as saying the ground shook for around 15 seconds, but most people remained calm. 

Indonesia is one of the most tectonically active countries in the world, and in 2004 was the site of one of the deadliest earthquakes of the 2000s.

On Boxing Day of that year, a Magnitude 9.1 tremor caused a major tsunami that led to the deaths of as many as 280,000 people.

SOURCES: Channel News Asia | USGS

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