An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.9 struck in southern Sumatra, Indonesia, Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
The quake’s epicenter was about 30 miles west-northwest of Padang, Sumatra; 140 miles southwest of Pekanbaru, Sumatra; 295 miles south-southwest of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and 600 miles northwest of Jakarta, Indonesia, the USGS said.
Local media reported several buildings were damaged and people were seen fleeing their homes for the hills, CNN said,
The depth of the earthquake was about 53 miles, USGS said.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a tsunami watch for Indonesia, India, Thailand and Malaysia. While it couldn’t be determined yet whether the earthquake triggered a tsunami, the center said such advisories were issued when a quake had the potential to create one.