6.0 Magnitude Earthquake Kills One in Indonesia

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An earthquake registering 6.0 magnitude on the Richter scale jolted the west of Indonesia's Aceh on Tuesday (January 22), triggered panic and killing one in Pidie district, the National Board for Disaster Management (BNPB) reported.

Officials quoted by local media said the 'quake victim was an eight-year-old girl and that seven others were injured.

Local TV station Kompas TV broadcast pictures of the dead girl's house and family.

The BNPB said the quake struck 10 miles southwest capital of Banda Aceh at depth of 52.5 miles, while USGS data said that the quake hit 70 miles southeast capital of Banda Aceh at depth of 23.1 miles.

Fifteen people were injured, five of them seriously and 71 houses were damaged.

No tsunami alert was raised by National Meteorology, Geophysics and Climatology Agency (BMKG).

Indonesia lies on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", which experiences volcanic eruptions and frequent seismic activity.

In December 2004, a magnitude 9.15 quake off the coast of Indonesia's Aceh province unleashed a tsunami across the Indian Ocean that killed around 226,000 people in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Thailand and nine other countries.

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