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Tsunami alert on Sri Lanka following Sumatra quake withdrawn

A tsunami alert which was issued for Sri Lanka following an earthquake off Sumatra was withdrawn and all coastal areas were declared safe.

Channel News Asia reported that the earthquake of magnitude 6.5 struck west of Indonesia’s island of Sumatra on Sunday (Aug 13).

“The earthquake was quite strong and shallow, it was felt all the way to Padang, West Sumatra, but there was no threat of a tsunami,” Mochammad Riyadi, an official at Indonesia’s meteorology and geophysics agency told AFP.

He said officials were checking if there were any casualties or damage.

Bengkulu resident Neng Hasnah said the quake felt very strong for a few seconds, forcing her and her family members to flee her house.

“I was carrying my seven-month old granddaughter and I had to run, all the neighbours also ran outside their homes,” Hasnah told AFP.

Indonesia sits on the Pacific “Ring of Fire” where tectonic plates collide, causing frequent seismic and volcanic activity.

An earthquake struck Indonesia’s western Aceh province in December 2016, killing more than 100 people, injuring many more and leaving tens of thousands homeless. (Colombo Gazette)

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