Massive Earthquake Hits Indonesia, Tsunami Warning Issued

A massive 7.9 magnitude earthquake has just shaken Indonesia. The USGS initially evaluated to tremor at 8.2 but revised the magnitude down after further investigation. 

As CBS notes, "the quake was centered about 500 miles southwest of Indonesia's Sumatra island in the Indian Ocean, but was shallow at a depth of only about six miles, meaning it could cause serious damage." The epicentre was 808km (502 miles) southwest of the city of Padang, and was 10km deep.

The country has issued an early tsunami warning.

Here's the data from the USGS:

  1. 2016-03-02 12:49:46 (UTC)

Nearby Cities

  1. 662km (411mi) SW of Muara Siberut, Indonesia
  2. 807km (501mi) SW of Pariaman, Indonesia
  3. 808km (502mi) WSW of Padang, Indonesia
  4. 846km (526mi) WSW of Solok, Indonesia
  5. 851km (529mi) NNW of West Island, Cocos Islands

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