A 5.9-magnitude earthquake hit Indonesia’s Sumatra island early Saturday, according to the US Geological Survey, killing at least one person and injuring dozens as locals rushed out of buildings seeking safety.
The quake hit at a relatively shallow depth of 13 kilometres (eight miles) just before 2:30 am (1930 GMT), about 40 kilometres from the town of Sibolga in North Sumatra province, according to the USGS.
Authorities are still gathering reports on damage but electricity poles and telecommunication towers have been hit, knocking out services, said Tampubolon.
More than 50 aftershocks were recorded by the Indonesian Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG).
BMKG head Dwikorita Karnawati advised residents to watch for further tremors and urged people to seek shelter on safe ground.
Source: The Daily SUN.