JAKARTA – Indonesia: A 5.9 earthquake shakes Aceh

JAKARTA (The Univers News) – An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.9 struck Saturday the Indonesian province of Aceh (Sumatra, northwest), without causing any damage or injuries, announced the American Institute of Geophysics (USGS).

The Meteorological and Geophysical Agency of Indonesia for its estimated magnitude of 6.6.

The epicenter was located land to a depth of 97 km and 107 km southwest of the city of Medan, on Sumatra island, at 11:34 (4:34 GMT), the USGS said.

“It has not been reported in the immediate casualties or damage,” he told news agency, an agency official.

The quake was felt slightly in the cities of Blang Pidi (Aceh) and Sibolga, in the province of North Sumatra.

Indonesia is located on the “Ring of Fire” Pacific, where the meeting of several continental plates causes high volcanic and seismic activity.

The island of Sumatra, located in the northwest of the Indonesian archipelago, had been shaken by December 26, 2004 a strong earthquake of magnitude greater than 9, which caused a tsunami on the coasts of ten countries of Southeast Asia killing over 220,000 people including 170,000 in Aceh.

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