A strong earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale shook Sumatra island, Indonesia , on Sept. 30, destroying buildings and bridges and causing fires in Padang city, said the Indonesian Meteorology and Geophysics Agency.

The quake occurred at 5.16 pm (Indonesia time), about 78 km southwest of Padang city, in West Sumatra province.

No reports of fatalities or injuries were announced, as communication with the city has been cut off.

The natural disaster took place right after another 8.3 magnitude quake accompanied by a tsunami offshore American Samoa and other nearby islands claimed at least 100 lives./.