7.3 magnitude quake hits off Indonesia's Sumatra island
January 10th, 2012
02:13 PM ET

7.3 magnitude quake hits off Indonesia's Sumatra island

[Updated at 4:27 p.m. Tuesday ET] A 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck off the western coast of western Indonesia's Sumatra island early Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, but witnesses reported only minor shaking on land.

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The quake, which happened at 12:37 a.m. local time (1:37 p.m. Tuesday ET) at a depth of 18.1 miles, was centered in the Indian Ocean about 262 miles southwest of Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia, and 590 miles west of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the USGS said.

Indonesian authorities issued a tsunami warning for the area, but the Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was no threat of a massive wave like the one that devastated the region in 2004.

There were no immediate reports of damage, and hotel clerks contacted by CNN reported only mild shaking. One front desk clerk in Aceh said a few hotel guests went outside when the quake hit, but most weren't awakened.

In December 2004, Indonesia and a number of other countries were hard hit by a tsunami generated by a 9.1-magnitude earthquake off northern Sumatra. The tsunami and earthquake killed more than 280,000 people in 14 countries - mainly India, Indonesia, Maldives, Sri Lanka and Thailand. The Indonesian region of Banda Aceh was hard-hit: About 150,000 died there.

soundoff (146 Responses)
  1. I'm the idiot who always says

    why are there more earthquakes happening? Is the world coming to an end??

    January 10, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      because the Club of Rome wants you to be worried.

      January 10, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • I'm another idiot who always says

      It's HAARP!

      January 10, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan B

      There aren't anymore earthquakes happening than usual. We are just able to be made aware of every single earthquake due to modern technology and social media. if a 7.5 happened 15 years ago our new agencies would not break the story unless it was catastrophic. Plus ever since the quake in Virginia a few months back CNN has been covering all Earthquakes over 5.0 mag. if this same quake hit 15 years ago people in the US would have no idea it even happened.

      January 10, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Skyrocket

      The magnitude of earthquakes has increased since the 1900's. The most powerful ones have been since the mid-20th century up to today.

      January 10, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • HurrDurr


      END TIMES!!!!
      END TIMES!!!!


      January 10, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. draf

    Mkukeweleke the God of Earthquakes is sending everyone a message!
    Once we figure out what it is we'll let everybody know. Don't panic! We're all going to die anyway!

    January 10, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. holycow

    A guess the lord is busy winning broncos games.

    January 10, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. KIlldeer

    @anon...how's life out there on Deneb 5?

    January 10, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Rob

    Oh my god it's like the same spot it was 8 years ago hope the US Navy is on stand by.

    January 10, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Leucadia Bob


    January 10, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Nakeia

    Watch for h a a r p and holographic technology false flag alien invasion the satanic extra terrestrial deception they are nothing but fallen angels! They mix with humans as in the days of Noah dont fall for the lie! Go to fallenalien.com and to see proof of who they really are try googling ce4 research group. . Seriously if you think i'm crazy then google if just for a laugh. . You'll see the truth!

    January 10, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  8. glennrobert

    Is God responsible?

    January 10, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • MRK

      No, I believe god is irresponsible.

      January 10, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Long Beach, California

      mrk is an IDIOT

      January 10, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • timmy

      no, plate tectonics are though.

      January 10, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Skyrocket

      I second Tom, Long Beach, California's assessment of MRK.

      January 10, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • HurrDurr

      Any true believer knows that it was the Tooth Fairy . . . Or the Mole Men!!!


      January 10, 2012 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Pete

    Its very interesting that Haarp shows a large electromagnetic disturbance at the exact same time...


    January 10, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Todd Morgan

      Seems that that data says that it happened at 2a (or 12p depending on what event you're referring to) UTC and than this earthquake happened at 5:37p UTC.

      January 10, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • toadears

      I read about HAARP and confess I don't know too much about them. But isn't that what they are supposed to do? Chart sound waves in the ionosphere of atmospheric disturbances?

      January 10, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  10. LouDobbs2012

    Has Obama blamed Bush yet? I’m sure we’ll also hear those Occupy lOWSers blame it on Wall Street soon.

    January 10, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • HurrDurr


      January 10, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Sad day

    The Mayans were correct about EARTHQUAKE in 2012. The government isn't prepare for Emergency situation. We lost trillion dollars. We don't know were to get it.

    Mayan religion is correct. I knew this would happen. I read i-ching, bible, and nostramdus. Nostradamus. There's earthquake too. Great earthquake shaking the world.

    January 10, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Todd Morgan

      Amazing! We've gone all these years earthquake free only to have one this year.

      Um, except for in 2011, 2010, 2007, 2005, 2004...

      January 10, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vicki

      Has there ever been a year without an earthquake?

      January 10, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • timmy

      "Has there ever been a year without an earthquake?"

      Do you know how to use Google?

      January 10, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • HurrDurr

      CHING CHONG!!!
      CHING CHONG!!!


      January 10, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Sad day

    Mayans is going to be future history book for survivors. They don't know if God exists. It's more like Tower of Babel, sodom and gomorrah.

    Mayan calendar is more religion.

    January 10, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • HurrDurr

      Boolah boolah!!!!

      god evil god detroy and laugh you

      you Fong-a-long-a-dingdong!!

      January 10, 2012 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  13. jose

    Yea for all those that think its global warming. Let me tell yous there's no such thing!

    January 10, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Todd Morgan

      Like I'm going to believe someone named jose.

      January 10, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Danny

      No one named jose could ever convince me that global warming doesn't exist. It's 53 degrees in Chicago right now!

      January 10, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Skyrocket

      jose! You are the one I have been searching for all these years! lol

      January 10, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nick121281

      Anyone who doesn't believe in Global Warming needs to seriously take a look at simple factual evidence. Global Warming doesn't mean the temperature simply rises everywhere across the planet, there are different effects on different climates and areas of the world.

      Is simple logic and thought processes defunct from modern society?

      January 10, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • HurrDurr

      Hurry up with those clean plates – The cooks are waiting!!

      January 10, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  14. dougaussie

    anything under 8 probably won't generate a tsunami unless it was in the right spot. You might even have to have a 9. for a really serious widespread tsunami.

    January 10, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • HurrDurr

      You're quite the genius there wonderboy . .

      Are there other gems of scientific profoundness for you to share?

      January 10, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |


    January 10, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
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