Jakarta (ANTARA) - Locals' activities returned to normal after the 6.2-magnitude (M) earthquake shook Aceh Singkil District, Aceh, on Monday at 5:30 a.m. local time, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) reported.

"Residents' activities remained normal after the earthquake. Until now, there have been no reports of casualties," Acting Head of BNPB's Data, Information, and Communication Center Abdul Muhari said here on Monday.

The earthquake, which was felt for 3-10 seconds in four districts, from Aceh Singkil, Central Tapanuli, North Nias, and South Aceh, had set off panic among the local residents, he said.

The Aceh Singkil Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) has deployed a quick response team to the areas that felt the tremors to check whether there is any damage.

"BNPB has coordinated with the local BPBD and monitored the post-earthquake situation through BNPB's Emergency Operation Center (Pusdalops)," Muhari said.

The BNPB advised the public to be vigilant and prepared for potential aftershocks and to receive reliable information on the earthquake.

The earthquake with a magnitude of 6.2 struck Aceh Singkil, Aceh, Monday at 5:30 a.m. Western Indonesian Standard Time (WIB), with the epicenter being 47 km southeast of Aceh Singkil, 23 km undersea, and did not trigger a tsunami, according to the Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG).

The shallow earthquake was caused by the Indo-Australian plate subducting under the Eurasian Plate and had an oblique thrust mechanism, the agency added.

Meanwhile, Aceh Singkil BPBD staff member Rosiana Kusuma Dewi said the agency is still collecting data and coordinating with all parties to gather reports of material losses or casualties.

Acting District Head of Aceh Singkil, Marthunis said he had also not received any information on damages caused by the earthquake that hit the district.

"We have coordinated with all keuchik/village chiefs to report if there are any impacts due to the earthquake," he said.

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