7.9 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Indonesia

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.

One Response to “7.9 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Indonesia”
  1. Alex says:

    The British Red Cross have launched the Asia Pacific Disasters Appeal to respond to the earthquakes in Indonesia, as well as the tsunami in Sumatra and typhoon in south-east Asia. They are urgently looking for donations to help support Red Cross emergency response operations across the region.
    All the info is at:




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