8.2 Quake Strikes Northern Sumatra

theyre saying on the news that within 30-60minutes we’ll know if the tsunami will hit any provinces.


An 8.2 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Sumatra today close to where a similar quake triggered a tsunami that left nearly 300,000 people dead or missing, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The earthquake has the potential to cause a “widely destructive tsunami” and authorities should take “immediate action,” including evacuating coastlines within 600 miles of the epicenter, the Pacific tsunami warning center said.

A USGS spokeswoman told Reuters the quake struck 125 miles west northwest off Sibolga, Sumatra or 880 miles northwest of the Indonesian capital of Jakarta at 1609 GMT, close to where the 9.0 magnitude quake struck in December.

A spokesman for the U.S. Geological Survey told CNN that the earthquake could cause tsunamis.

“Certainly evacuations should be occurring. I hope they are,” spokesman Don Blakeman said, saying of the earthquake that “it could also cause some local tsunami activity.”

“Even if we do see tsunami activity it won’t be as widespread” as December’s quake.


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