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


He said officials were checking if there were any casualties or damage.

An quake measuring 6.6 on the Richter scale hit Bengkulu province in Indonesia on Sunday, local meteorology and geophysics agency said.

A strong quake struck Sunday off the coast of southern Sumatra in Indonesia, causing panic as it was felt several hundred miles (kilometers) away in Singapore. It was centered 74 kilometers (46 miles) west of the coastal city of Bengkulu.

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

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It was felt across southern Sumatra.

Singaporeans living in Toa Payoh and Farrer Road said that they also felt tremors. Check back soon for further information.

In December 2016, an natural disaster struck Indonesia's western Aceh province killing more than 100 people, injuring many more and leaving tens of thousands homeless. Power outages were reported in some areas, but no structural damage was reported.