7.9-magnitude earthquake strikes off Indonesia

7.9-magnitude earthquake strikes off Indonesia

A powerful and shallow 7.9-magnitude earthquake struck off the Indonesian island of Sumatra on Wednesday, officials said.

The U.S. Geological Service said the temblor was centered “in the ocean” at a depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) and put its epicenter at 500 miles southwest of Padang, the capital of West Sumatra province.

While shallower earthquakes usually cause more damage, the head of Indonesia’s Agency for Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Andi Eka Sakya told NBC News no damage had been reported yet in Indonesia.

Indonesia issued a tsunami warning following the event, according to Reuters. However, a geophysicist with the USGS said it had not gotten a warning from the Tsunami Warning Center. Read more

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