Sun News Desk: A magnitude 6 earthquake struck southwest of Sumatra island in Indonesia. No casualties or damages have been reported so far.

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Reuters reported this information in a report on Wednesday, citing the European-Mediterranean Semiological Center (EMSC).

A magnitude 6 earthquake struck southwest of Indonesia’s Sumatra island on Wednesday, EMSC said. The epicenter was 10 kilometers (6.2 mi) below the surface.

The number for Indonesia, the largest island country in Asia, is more than 275 million. Natural disasters such as earthquakes, eruptions and tsunamis regularly occur in this Southeast Asian country due to its geological conditions.

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In 2009, a powerful 7.6 magnitude earthquake struck Padang. At that time, more than 1000 people lost their lives and many others were injured in this natural disaster. Besides, houses and various structures were also destroyed in the earthquake.

Due to Indonesia’s location on the so-called ‘Ring of Fire’ of the Pacific Ocean, the country is often prone to earthquakes and volcanic activity. Here tectonic plates collide. Not only Indonesia, but all Southeast Asian countries including Japan are at high risk of earthquakes.

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In 2004, a 9.1 magnitude earthquake occurred off the coast of Sumatra. A tsunami struck after the earthquake. At that time, more than 170,000 people lost their lives in Indonesia due to the earthquake and tsunami in that region.

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