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4.7-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Indonesian Island of Sumatra

An earthquake measuring 4.7 magnitude on the Richter scale struck Thursday the island of Sumatra in western Indonesia.

The Indonesian Agency for Meteorological, Climatological and Geophysics (BMKG) said that the epicenter of the earthquake occurred 71 km southeast of Sibolga city on the island, at a depth of 22 km.

There have been no reports of material damage or human losses as a result of the earthquake so far.

Indonesia is regularly exposed to earthquakes, as it is located on the Pacific belt known as the Ring of Fire, where many tectonic plates meet and cause frequent volcanic and seismic activity.

In 2004, an earthquake of 9.1 magnitude struck the coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra, causing a tsunami that killed 220,000 people across the region.

Source: Qatar News Agency