Strong Earthquake Sumatra, Indonesia Today – Tsunami Warning

Strong Earthquake Sumatra, Indonesia Today – Tsunami Warning

A strong earthquake has struck western Indonesia waters a short while ago resulting in a tsunami warning being issued. The magnitude 7.3 quake struck in the same region as the earthquake and subsequent tsunami in the Indian Ocean back in 2004, where over 200,000 people were killed.

The USGS informs that the latest earthquake was centered 262 miles south-west of Banda Aceh in Sumatra, or 333 miles south-west of Lhokseumawe, Sumatra, 590 miles west of Kuala Lumpa, Malaysia at a depth of 18.1 miles. Of the victims of the December 26, 2004 quake, around half of them were killed in Aceh according to BBC News. Arief Akhir of the Indonesia geological agency confirmed that a tsunami warning was in effect.

The quake struck at 6:37 pm UTC (that’s 1:37 pm ET) today (Tuesday). Indonesia is on the Pacific ‘Ring of Fire’, which is an area prone to earthquakes because of volcanic activity and Pacific Basin fault lines. Reports of the earthquake are fresh so there is no news yet on any possible injuries or damage.

If you are in the region and have experienced today’s quake let us know with your comments. Here at Only Kent we hope that everybody is safe and that there is no widespread damage.

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