The United States Geological Survey reported that a 6.9 magnitude earthquake hit off the coast of western Indonesia today (18).
The quake hit at a shallow depth about 212 kilometres southwest of Bengkulu city.
The Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System in India said the quake may be capable of generating a tsunami affecting the Indian Ocean region “based on historical data and tsunami modelling”.
However, IOTWMS in Indonesia said that there was “no tsunami threat”.
Indonesia experiences frequent earthquakes due to its position on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, an arc of intense seismic activity where tectonic plates collide that stretches from Japan through Southeast Asia and across the Pacific basin.
A 6.2-magnitude quake that shook Sulawesi island in January last year killed more than 100 people and left thousands homeless.
Meanwhile, the Sri Lanka Department of Meteorology said there is no tsunami threat to Sri Lanka at present due to the earthquake.
The Met Department issuing a statement said the coastal areas of Sri Lanka are safe.
The message was issued in consultation with relevant national and international agencies.