EarthQuake strikes off Indonesian coast

Four residents were rushed to a local hospital after suffering minor wounds when a 6.9-magnitude earthquake hit Padang, on Sunday afternoon.

No tsunami warning was immediately issued.

The quake was recorded in the Kepulauan Mentawai region, a chain of islands popular with surfers.

Head of politics and national unity affairs at the West Sumatra administration, Sudirman Gani, said the injured people had been treated at the Yos Sudarso public hospital.

Sudirman said that three quakes jolted the province on Sunday.

“The first quake measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale was recorded at 2:48 p.m. It was followed by a 5.2-magnitude quake at 3:13 p.m., before the last one, measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale, hit 10 minutes later,” he said.

Antara state news agency also reported that no injured people were found at the earthquake epicenter, Mentawai regency.

The provincial's coordinator of the West Sumatra coordinating unit of disaster mitigation Ade Edward said his office had received temporary reports that no casualties were found in Agam, Mentawai and South Pesisir regencies.

“We have told all residents to stay alert and not to worry too much since we will guard the city,” Ade said.

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