Strong earthquake strikes off western Indonesia, no casualties reported-Xinhua

Strong earthquake strikes off western Indonesia, no casualties reported

Source: Xinhua| 2022-08-24 00:29:45|Editor: huaxia

JAKARTA, Aug. 23 (Xinhua) -- A 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit Indonesia's western province of Bengkulu on Tuesday evening, but there were no reports of damages or casualties, officials said.

The meteorology, climatology and geophysics agency did not issue a tsunami warning as the tremors did not have the potential to trigger giant waves in the waters off the province.

The quake jolt at 21:31 Jakarta time (1431 GMT), with the epicenter at 64 km southwest of Kaur district and the depth at 12 km under the seabed, the agency said.

The tremors were also felt in the nearby provinces of Lampung, South Sumatra, West Sumatra and Jambi.

Spokesman for the country's national disaster management and mitigation agency Abdul Muhari said the jolts did not cause damages or leave those wounded.

"So far, there were no preliminary reports of building or houses damaged here, or those killed due to the tremors," he told Xinhua via phone.

The spokesman confirmed that similar reports also came from the two hardest-hit areas, the Kaur district in Bengkulu province and the Liwa town of West Lampung district in Lampung province.

"The shakes of the quakes were felt here, but they did not cause damages, including in the Kaur district," Ibnu Hasyim, head of the logistic unit of the disaster management and mitigation agency of Bengkulu province, told Xinhua by phone.