A magnitude 6.1 earthquake hits off the coast of Sumatra

A 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck off the Indonesian island of Sumatra, marking the third quake to shake the region since early yesterday, Indonesia’s Meteorological, Climatology and Geophysical Agency said.

The agency said it recorded a shallow earthquake off the Mentawai Islands off the west coast of Sumatra just before 10:30 a.m. and did not issue a tsunami warning.

The agency had previously recorded a magnitude of 6.4, but has corrected it to 6.1, an agency spokeswoman said.

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Three consecutive earthquakes struck early yesterday morning, registering a magnitude 5.2 tremor before dawn, followed by a magnitude 5.4 quake within an hour.

The 6.1-magnitude quake was strongly felt for several seconds by residents in the mountainous areas surrounding Bukittinggi, the capital of Padang, the Mentawai Islands, the disaster agency said in a statement.

The agency said there were no reports of casualties, but there was minor damage to buildings on Siberut Island.

Separately, Novriadi, the local disaster officer for the Mentawai Islands, said residents of several villages had been evacuated to higher ground and that local churches, schools and medical facilities were slightly damaged.

The disaster agency urged the public not to panic and warned of possible aftershocks.

Padang was hit by a magnitude 7.6 earthquake in 2009 that killed more than 1,100 people, injured many more, and caused widespread destruction.

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