7.8 magnitude earthquake off Indonesian coast prompts tsunami warnings
March 2, 2016 - Uncategorized
A powerful and shallow earthquake off the western coast of Sumatra in Indonesia triggered tsunami warnings in that country as well as watches for western Australia on Wednesday evening, local time.
The earthquake had a magnitude of 7.8 on the Richter Scale, according to the U.S. Geological Service (USGS), and it was centered only 10 kilometers, or 6.2 kilometers, under the ocean surface.
Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology issued a marine warning for distant Cocos and Christmas islands. It did not advise evacuations, but said strong and dangerous currents were possible and people should secure boats and avoid waterfront areas. The warning noted that a tsunami had not been confirmed. Read more…