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Indonesia's Sumatra island jolted by 6.6-magnitude quake

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JAKARTA, Indonesia -- A 6.6-magnitude earthquake struck off Indonesia's Sumatra island early Sunday, officials said, alarming residents who fled their homes.

The quake hit at 10:08 a.m. at a depth of 6 miles and about 44 miles southwest of North Bengkulu province.

The quake was felt for around 10 seconds causing people to rush out of their houses, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for the national disaster mitigation agency, said.

Residents of the Mentawai Islands, off the coast of West Sumatra, also fled their houses and gathered at assembly points.

However, there were no immediate reports of injuries and there was no risk of a tsunami, Nugroho said.

The quake was also felt by people in the neighboring provinces of West Sumatra, South Sumatra and Jambi.

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