Earthquake shakes third-largest Indonesian city Medan

Published on : Tuesday, January 17, 2017

MedanMedan that is the third-largest city of Indonesia was rattled by a shallow earthquake, destroying houses and sending innumerable scared people out into the streets.


There have been no immediate reports of any casualties.


According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the magnitude of the earthquake was 5.7. The authorities said that it had struck at a depth of about 10 kilometres from the southwestern part of Medan, on the island of Sumatra.


The streets were immediately filled with chaos.


And, thereafter, people started running out of the buildings. Also, several areas of this region were hit by power blackouts. One of the guests at a hotel in Medan said that she and many other guests had rushed outside the hotel as soon as the quake struck. She added that the hotel was not damaged in any way by the quake.


Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, the spokesperson of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency said that many of the houses were damaged.


However, she also said that there were no immediate reports of casualties.


One of the officials of a monitoring post for Mount Sinaburg named Arif Cahya said that there had been a report of a house that was damaged in an area village. He said that there were no casualties.


Indonesia is located on the Pacific Ring of Fire and it had experienced frequent earthquakes and also volcanic eruptions.


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