Strong earthquake hits western Indonesia

  • A powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.4 struck off Mentawai islands in western Indonesia, according to US Geological Survey.

    The quake was centered 121 miles wear-northwest of Bengkulu on Sumatra island, at a depth of 14 miles and there was no immediate casualties from it. 

    An official from the local meteorology, climatology and geophysics agency, said Saturday's quake was unlikely to have caused damage and there was no threat of a tsunami. Moreover, The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre did not issue a Tsunami alert. 

    So far, 35 people have been confirmed dead from Tuesday's quake that flattened buildings and sparkled landslides in the mountainous interior of the natural disaster-prone province. 

    Indonesia's location on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", an arc of volcanoes and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin makes it prone to seismic upheavals and volcanic activity.