HK Observatory records earthquake off Indonesian coast

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 06 January, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 06 January, 2005, 12:00am

Updated at 12.09pm:
A new earthquake was reported off the coast of Indonesia measuring about 6.2 on the Richter Scale by the Hong Kong Observatory on Thursday morning.

The most recent tremor, classified as an ?Intense Earthquake?, was recorded at 9.02am, a spokesman for the observatory said.

The quake?s epicentre was located about 60km west southwest of Banda Aceh, over seas near northern Sumatra in Indonesia.

Banda Aceh is the capital of the Indonesian province of Aceh, which was hit particularly hard on December 26 by a 9.0-magnitude quake. The resulting tsunami has already claimed over 150,000 lives in South Asia.

The observatory said it recorded a string of aftershocks since the December 26 quake. Most of them measured between 5.5-6.0 on the Richter Scale.

An Agence France-Presse report on Sunday quoted an Indonesian meteorological official as saying at least 74 aftershocks have been reported in the region since the Boxing Day earthquake.