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16 Dec 2019 | 09:55 AM UTC

Indonesia: 5.6-magnitude earthquake strikes off the coast of Sumatra December 16

A 5.6-magnitude earthquake strikes south-southwest of Sungai Penuh (Jambi) December 16; no tsunami warning immediately issued



The US Geological Survey (USGS) recorded a 5.6-magnitude earthquake around 116 km (72 mi) south-southwest of Sungai Penuh (Sumatra Island) on Monday, December 16. The quake hit at around 21:49 (local time) at a depth of 30 km (18.6 mi). No tsunami warning was immediately issued. Aftershocks are possible in the affected area over the coming hours and days.


Individuals in the region are advised to monitor the situation and prepare for potential aftershocks.

In the event of aftershocks, individuals are advised to protect themselves as much as possible from falling debris if indoors (e.g. under a table), move away from the windows, and not attempt to leave a building unless there is an immediate danger. If outdoors, move away from tall buildings, utility wires, and streetlights.