Jakarta, September 21 (QNA) - An earthquake measuring 5 on the Richter scale hit the western coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra on Wednesday, without causing a tsunami.
According to the Indonesian Agency of Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics, the epicenter of the earthquake occurred 144 km from the Mentawai Islands, which are located off the western coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra, at a depth of 10 km.
So far, there have been no reports of material or human losses as a result of the earthquake.
On Sep. 11, a 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck near the Indonesian islands of Mentawai, at a depth of 40 km.
Indonesia is regularly exposed to earthquakes, as it is located on the Pacific belt known as the "Ring of Fire", where many tectonic plates meet and cause frequent volcanic and seismic activity. (QNA)