Natural disaster of magnitude 6.5 hits Indonesia's Sumatra; tremors felt in Singapore

Natural disaster of magnitude 6.5 hits Indonesia's Sumatra; tremors felt in Singapore

Meanwhile, panicked residents fled their homes. It was even felt in Singapore, nearly 600 km from the epicentre.

No tsunami alert was issued. Power outages were reported in some areas, but no structural damage was reported.

Bengkulu resident Dedek Hendri said he was reading an e-book on his laptop when he felt the natural disaster.

A strong quake has struck off the coast of southern Sumatra in Indonesia. "People were screaming", he told The Jakarta Post.

It was felt across southern Sumatra.

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There have been no immediate reports of fatalities or damage from the rumble, although officials were still said to be examining the situation.

An natural disaster of magnitude 6.5 struck west of Indonesia's island of Sumatra on Sunday (Aug 13), the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said. Sungaipenuh resident Amalia, 28, said she also fled her house, and so did other residents in her neighborhood.

When contacted, the Singapore Civil Defence Force said it was aware of the quake but had not received any calls for assistance.

He said bigger earthquakes had happened in the same epicenter in 2000 and 2007.

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