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Fresh quake jolts Muko-Muko

  • Syofiardi Bachyul Jb and Jon Afrizal

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, August 7 2011   /  08:00 am

A magnitude 5.6 earthquake hit Muko-Muko regency in Bengkulu on Saturday, but no casualties or damage were reported. The local Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) said the epicenter of the earthquake, which occurred at 9:45 a.m., was located at a depth of 10 kilometers, 44 kilometers southwest of Muko-Muko and 74 kilometers northeast of South Pagai Island in Mentawai. Ricky, a resident of Penarik district in Muko-Muko, said the tremors were strong and lasted a long time. β€œIt was not as strong as the magnitude 6 earthquake that hit on Thursday, but the tremors were longer, so we all fled our houses,” he said. The quake was felt as far away as Padang, the capital of West Sumatra, but not in South Pagai Island. Muko-Muko was also hit by three earthquakes earlier β€” a magnitude 4.9 quake at 9: 35 p.m. on Wednesday, a magnitude 6 quake at 7:16 a.m. Thursda...