Magnitude-5.4 earthquake jolts West Sumatra

Magnitude-5.4 earthquake jolts West Sumatra

Illustration of earthquake with epicentrum in Hindian Ocean. Photo document of earthquake in a part of Northern Sumatra, Saturday (May 3, 2014). (bmkg.go.id)

Padang, West Sumatra (ANTARA News)- An earthquake measuring 5.4 on the Richter scale jolted West Sumatra on Sunday at 4:31 pm local time, and was felt strongly in Pesaman area.

"The epicenter of the tremor which did not have potential to cause tsunami, was located 0.21 degree northern latitude and 100.08 degree eastern longitude, and at a depth of 10 km," Head of the Padang Panjang Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Office (BMKG) Rahmat Triyono said here, Sunday.

The quakes epicenter was located at 10 km southwest of Pasaman, 49 km southeast West Pasaman, and 133 km northwest of Padang.

Zamzami, resident of Pasaman, said local inhabitants rushed out of their homes in panic when the earthquake struck the region.

Inhabitants of Payakumbuh, Bukittinggi, and Agam also felt the tremor. 

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