A 6.6-magnitude earthquake struck off the west coast of Indonesia’s Sumatra Friday, the United States Geological Survey said, triggering panic on the nearest island but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.
The shallow quake hit at 12:30 (0630 GMT) near the island of Nias, about 250 kilometers (160 miles) south of the city of Sinabang.
Nias Search and Rescue Agency’s spokesperson Agus Wibisono said so far there had been no reports of damage or casualties.
“I had contacted the search and rescue team in South Nias and West Nias. They’re safe, there were no casualties and damage,” Wibisono told AFP.
Wibisono said the tremors were quite strong. As a result, people panicked, especially those living around the coast fearing a tsunami.