7.5 Earthquake Strikes near Indonesia: Tsunami Watch Now Issued
It was only last month that we were bringing our readers news of an earthquake occurring in Indonesia, which measured 6.0-magnitude. Now it appears that another major earthquake – with a magnitude of 7.5 – has just hit off of western Sumatra, Indonesian officials have reported.
According to a report over at bbc.co.uk, officials say that the quake occurred near the Mentawi Islands at a depth of 20.5 miles, with its epicenter believed to be 152 miles south of Sumatra’s capital city Padang. A tsunami watch has now been issued.
At this moment in time, there have been no reports of casualties or damage following the quake. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a statement, in which they said that only coastal areas within 62 miles of the earthquake’s epicenter were at risk.
Indonesia is quite often affected by earthquakes, with at least three striking the area in the month of June this year. Homes were destroyed and three people were left dead. An earthquake occurred off Sumatra back in September 2009, which killed over 1,000 people.
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