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Strong 6.4 earthquake hits Indonesia's Sumatra: USGS
by Staff Writers
Jakarta (AFP) Aug 13, 2017


Quake in central Peru causes panic but no injuries: officials
Lima (AFP) Aug 13, 2017 - A 6.1-magnitude earthquake shook parts of central Peru on Sunday, causing momentary panic in several cities but with no initial reports of damage or injuries, authorities said.

The quake occurred just before noon local time (17H00 GMT), with an epicenter 67 kilometers (40 miles) northeast of the city of La Merced at a depth of 15 kilometers, the Geophysical Institute of Peru reported.

The tremor caused panic in la Merced and several other cities in the region, RPP radio reported, and some areas lost power and phone service.

A 6.0 magnitude quake on Friday along Peru's southern coast caused at least one death.

A strong 6.4-magnitude earthquake hit off the Indonesian island Sumatra on Sunday but there was no tsunami risk, seismologists said as panicked residents fled their homes.

The quake hit at a depth of 35 kilometres (22 miles) at 10:08 am (0308 GMT) 73 kilometres west of Bengkulu, according to the United States Geological Survey.

"The earthquake was quite strong and shallow, it was felt all the way to Padang, West Sumatra, but there was no threat of a tsunami," Mochammad Riyadi, an official at Indonesia's meteorology and geophysics agency told AFP.

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

Bengkulu resident Neng Hasnah said the quake felt very strong for a few seconds, forcing her and her family members to flee her house.

"I was carrying my seven-month old granddaughter and I had to run, all the neighbours also ran outside their homes," Hasnah told AFP.

Indonesia sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire" where tectonic plates collide, causing frequent seismic and volcanic activity.

An earthquake struck Indonesia's western Aceh province in December 2016, killing more than 100 people, injuring many more and leaving tens of thousands homeless.

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Chile eyes quake fault that could strike capital
Santiago (AFP) Aug 11, 2017
Earthquake-prone Chile may be one of the countries best prepared for seismic shocks, but officials are nervously watching a major fault line that could shift any time, threatening the capital. Long accustomed to quakes such as the 8.8 monster that killed some 500 people in 2010, Chile has strict building norms aimed at limiting damage from the shifting of tectonic plates. But seismologis ... read more

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