West Sumatra hit with 6.2-magnitude earthquake with jolts reportedly felt in Malaysia, Singapore

A primary school affected by the 6.2-magnitude earthquake in West Pasaman, West Sumatra on Friday, Feb. 25. Photo: Handout
A primary school affected by the 6.2-magnitude earthquake in West Pasaman, West Sumatra on Friday, Feb. 25. Photo: Handout

A 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck the West Pasaman Regency of West Sumatra Province this morning, with tremors reportedly felt in neighboring countries.

Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) reported that the quake’s epicenter was 17 kilometers northeast of West Pasaman, hitting a depth of 10 kilometers at 8:39am local time. No tsunami warning was issued.

The agency said that tremors were felt in other areas with various intensities such as Agam, Bukittinggi, the province’s capital of Padang, and Payakumbuh in West Sumatra; North Sumatra including Aek Godang, Gunung Sitoli, and South Nias; Bangkinang in Riau Province; and even as far as Malaysia and Singapore.

There are thankfully no reports of casualties as of this article’s publication, but dozens of buildings, such as schools and houses, were reportedly badly damaged in West Sumatra.

Our colleague at Coconuts Singapore said she felt a very brief and mild shake this morning, which was also reported online by others in Singapore.

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