Telephone, radio communications down day after strong quake near Indonesian island

A shakemap of a 6.5 magnitude earthquake near Andekantor, Sumba Region, Indonesia on Feb 12, 2016.
A shakemap of a 6.5 magnitude earthquake near Andekantor, Sumba Region, Indonesia on Feb 12, 2016.PHOTO: EPA

JAKARTA (REUTERS) - A strong earthquake near an eastern Indonesian island knocked out telephone, radio communications and roads late on Friday (Feb 12), but there were no reported casualties, local residents and a government official said on Saturday (Feb 13).

The United States Geological Survey said a 6.5 magnitude earthquake at a depth of 30kms was reported about 3kms from Andekantor, a town on Sumba island in East Nusa Tenggara province.

"Not yet," Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for the National Disaster Mitigation Agency, told Reuters on Saturday (Feb 13) when asked whether there were any casualties.

Roads had suffered the most damage local residents said. Nugroho said his agency would continue to monitor the situation. No tsunami warning was issued.