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4.9 Magnitude Earthquake quivers Banda Aceh, No Tsunami Threat

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JAKARTA, NNC - The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) reported that a tectonic earthquake occurred at 6:55 p.m. Tuesday, Jan 1, in the West Coast Sumatra of the Indian Ocean.

BMKG analysis result showed that the quake occurred at a magnitude of 4.9 Richter Scale with the epicenter located at coordinates 5.42 degrees North Latitude and 94.51 degrees East Longitude or occurring at sea at a distance of 90 km west of Banda Aceh City, Nangroe Aceh Darussalam Province, at a depth of 51 km.

Head of the BMKG Earthquake and Tsunami Center Rahmat Triyono said the quake was caused by a thrust fault in the Indo-Australian Plate subduction zone, under the Eurasian Plate in the Indian Ocean west of Sumatra.

The earthquake shock could be felt in the Banda Aceh II City at a strength of MMI-II.

"No reports of damages caused by the quake so far and is not potential to a tsunami," Rahmat said Tuesday, Jan 1.

BMKG monitors showed no aftershock activity until 7:15 p.m. (local time). The people are urged to remain calm and follow further updates.