Strong quake hits offshore Indonesia’s Sumatra

JAKARTA, Indonesia – A strong earthquake rocked parts of Indonesia’s North and West Sumatra provinces Wednesday. There were no immediate reports of a tsunami. The 6.1-magnitude earthquake occurred at 6:16 p.m. and was centered under the Indian Ocean about 60 miles northwest off Nias island, said Lukito, an official at the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency.

He said the quake was felt in Gunung Sitoli, the main town on Nias island, in the North Sumatra towns of Porsea and Sibolga, and in Padang, the capital of West Sumatra.