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Monday, October 25, 2010

Earthquake in Indonesia: Tsunami Nearby Sumatra

Earthquake hits Indonesia, tsunami warning lifted nearby Sumatra.

Earthquake in Indonesia
Earthquake News Updates! A major earthquake of magnitude 7.7 struck the western coast of Sumatra (Indonesia) some hours ago and as a result of it, a tsunami of about 3 meter hit the nearby residents. There is however no casualties reported yet. The earthquake struck at about 14:42 GMT (21.42 Indonesian time).

The epicenter of the quake was located nearby the Mentawai Islands which is about 240 Km south of Padang (West Sumatra) and at about 20 kilometers deep. The United States Geological Survey says that the earthquake was a shallow one. Following the earthquake, Indonesia’s seismological agency immediately issues a tsunami alert for all nearby coastlines.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center also issued a tsunami watch, which was canceled about an hour later. While officials initially said no tsunami had been generated, officials later said the huge earthquake had generated a significant tsunami that struck nearby areas. And while the tsunami was in most locations relatively small, the wave was large enough to travel hundreds of kilometers (miles) from the earthquake epicenter.

According to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, small tsunamis were also recorded in Tanahbalah, Padang and Enggano in Indonesia. Fortunately, there were no reports of casualties from both the tsunami as well as the earthquake in any of these regions.

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