Shallow quake hits Indonesia’s Sumatra island


JAKARTA — An earthquake struck Indonesia’s Sumatra island on Monday, a meteorology official said, and while there was no tsunami alert issued there was a risk of damage due to its shallow depth of about 10 km (6.2 miles). The magnitude 5.9 quake hit in Northern Sumatra, 43 km (27 miles) east of Sibloga, the U.S. Geological Service said.

An official at Indonesia’s meteorology agency said the epicentre of the quake, which struck at 1426 GMT, was inland near Tarutung and said there was a potential for damage given its power and its relatively shallow depth. “We need to find information from there. We haven’t received any reports (of damage or casualties),” the official said by telephone.