6.5 quake strikes Indonesia off Sumatra coast, tremors felt in Singapore

A rider with scales sits upon a black horse. This depiction is represenative of a scarcity of food and famine.


RT – June 1, 2016

A powerful 6.5 earthquake hit the western Indonesian island of Sumatra on Thursday. The epicenter of the quake was about 40km (25 miles) from the coast, according to the US Geological Survey.

Padang, the largest city on the island’s western coast, is located some 141 kilometers (87.6 miles) from the epicenter of the earthquake, according to USGS. It is home to about 1 million people.

The city closest to the epicenter is Sungai Penuh, some 91 kilometers (56.5 miles) from the epicenter, with a population of 90,000.