Shallow M6.2 earthquake hits southwest of Sumatra, Indonesia

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A shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.2 hit southwest of Sumatra, Indonesia at 12:52 UTC on February 10, 2021, at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.2 at a depth of 40 km (25 miles).

The epicenter was located 218 km (135 miles) SSW of Bengkulu and 254 km (158 miles) SW of Pagar Alam, Indonesia.

There are about 3 000 people living within 100 km (62 miles).

The USGS issued a green alert for shaking-related fatalities and economic losses. There is a low likelihood of casualties and damage.

Overall, the population in this region resides in structures that are vulnerable to earthquake shaking, though resistant structures exist. The predominant vulnerable building types are unreinforced brick with concrete floor and precast concrete frame with wall construction.

Recent earthquakes in this area have caused secondary hazards such as landslides that might have contributed to losses.

Image credit: TW/SAM, Google

Regional seismicity

Image credit: TW/SAM, Google

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