Powerful earthquake strikes off Indonesia, tsunami warning

    Powerful earthquake strikes off Indonesia, tsunami warning

    March 2, Padang: A 7.9 magnitude earthquake has struck off the coast of western Indonesia, the US Geological Survey (USGS) reports.

    The USGS said the earthquake struck at 19:49 local time (12:49 GMT). It said the epicentre was 808km (502 miles) southwest of the city of Padang, and 10km deep.

    There have been no immediate reports of damage.

    Indonesian officials issued a tsunami warning for the regions of West Sumatra, North Sumatra and Aceh, media reports said.

    Australia also issued a tsunami warning for Cocos Island and Christmas Island, in the Pacific and put a watch in place for the western Australian coast, including the city of Perth, reports said.

    The earthquake was felt strongly in Padang for a few seconds, with people running out of their homes to higher ground, APF reported.

    Traffic ground to a halt and there was a sense of panic on the streets.

    In 2004, an 8.9 magnitude earthquake triggered the world's deadliest ever tsunami, killing more than 200,000 people.

    After that disaster, a more effective tsunami monitoring system was put in place. Warnings are now issued more frequently after earthquakes in the area.

    The Oslo Times


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