Magnitude 6.5 quake hits Indonesia's Sumatra island, tremors felt in Singapore

Indonesia earthquake

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.

A shallow natural disaster measuring 6.6 Richter scale jolted Bengkulu province in western parts of Indonesia on Sunday, but it was not potential for tsunami, according to local meteorology and geophysics agency.

"The quake 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.

There are no immediate reports of damage and no tsunami warning.

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Meanwhile, panicked residents fled their homes.

Singaporeans living in Toa Payoh and Farrer Road said that they also felt tremors.

Indonesia is prone to quake as it lies on a vulnerable quake-hit zone so called "the Pacific Ring of Fire".

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