February 24, 2008 / 3:25 PM / 10 years ago

Magnitude 6.6 quake hits Indonesia - USGS


(Adds no tsunami warning, previous WASHINGTON)

JAKARTA, Feb 24 (Reuters) - A 6.6 magnitude earthquake hit Indonesia off the coast of Sumatra island on Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

The earthquake, which struck at 1446 GMT, was 96 miles (154 km) southwest of Padang, Sumatra, and was centred at a depth of 21.7 miles (35 km), the USGS said.

Indonesia’s meteorology and geophysics agency said that authorities have issued no local tsunami warning.

Indonesia suffers from frequent earthquakes. The archipelago lies on an area of intense seismic activity where a number of tectonic plates collide. (Reporting by Telly Nathalia; Writing by Sara Webb)

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