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Indonesia Earthquake: Tsunami Warning Issued As 7.9 Magnitude Tremor Hits South-East Asia

Posted: Mar 2, 2016 at 2:47 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

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Indonesian authorities have issued an early tsunami warning after a shallow 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck off the southwest coast of Sumatra island.

The US Geological Survey, which initially reported the tremor at 8.2 magnitude, said the massive earthquake hit at 12.49pm GMT at a depth of just 10km (six miles).
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The size and depth of the quake is understood to have led the Indonesian authorities to issue a tsunami warning. The country, which was last badly hit by an Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004, straddles the so-called “Pacific Ring of Fire”, a highly seismically active zone where different plates on the earth’s crust meet and create a large number of earthquakes and volcanoes.

Indonesia issued its warning for West Sumatra, North Sumatra and Aceh, the National Meteorological Agency said.

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