A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.6 hit off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia at 06:33 UTC on May 14, 2021. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting the same magnitude and depth.
The epicenter was located 259 km (161 miles) S of Sinabang, Aceh and 268 km (166 miles) SSW of Singkil, Aceh, Indonesia.
There are no people living within 100 km (62 miles).
1 206 000 people are estimated to have felt light shaking.
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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 resistant to earthquake shaking, though vulnerable structures exist. The predominant vulnerable building types are heavy wood frame and reinforced/confined masonry construction.
Recent earthquakes in this area have caused secondary hazards such as landslides and fires that might have contributed to losses.
Estimated population exposure to earthquake shaking
Selected cities exposed
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