September 14th, 2012
02:25 AM ET

Strong earthquake rattles Indonesia

A strong earthquake hit off the coast of Sumatra in Indonesia on Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

The 6.2-magnitude shook the Kepulauan Mentawai region

Its epicenter was 760 kilometers (470 miles) west-northwest of the capital, Jakarta, at a depth of 20 kilometers, according to the USGS.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

Last month, a 6.6-magnitude earthquake hit Palu city on the island of Sulawesi, killing at least six people.

Indonesia is on the so-called Ring of Fire, an arc of fault lines circling the Pacific Basin that is prone to frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

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  1. banasy©

    Indonesia can't catch a break, either, it seems...

    September 14, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jay jay

    Their economy is better than ours. They can take care of themselves. Thanks mr Obama 🙂

    September 14, 2012 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  3. Maria

    Aaaaaaah. Obama's homeland. Where he ran free in the sand and surf with the other little Muslims.

    September 14, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Philip

    Big deal. Southern California experienced 400 EQs in 6 days a couple of weeks ago, incl. a 5.3 and a 5.5.
    But who's interested in America these days? Seems like we keep a closer eye on them than on US. No?

    September 14, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. stat freak

    Which has killed more people in the past 100 years...EQs or wars?
    Ok. That one was easy. Now,...
    ...which has killed more people in the past 100 years...EQs or the invasion of Iraq? (incl. subsequent occupation, of course) And allllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll based on a lie: 9/11 Iraqi WMDs.
    RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR
    IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII
    PPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP
    (add an E to RIP and that's what you are if you hopped on that Bush war wagon)

    September 14, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Tiny Tim

    Infinite: Bigger than the biggest thing ever and then some.
    Much bigger than that in fact, really amazingly immense, a
    totally stunning size, "wow, that's big", time. Infinity is just so
    big that by comparison, bigness itself looks really t/tchy.
    Gigantic multiplied by colossal multiplied by staggeringly
    huge is the sort of concept we're trying to get across here.”

    September 15, 2012 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |