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.

iReport: Are you there? Send photos, video

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. Sad day

    Mayan 2012!!!

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

      It only means that the world is going to change as we know it. I am not sure what that means and it isn't a dooms day. Maybe they just ran out of rocks to carve on...... hahaha

      January 10, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • RYAN M


      January 10, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nick121281

      Well, because the Bible said it, IT MUST BE TRUE!

      And I in no way believe the world will come to an end this year, but don't bring a falsified book into the realm of science.

      January 10, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm yeah

      Go to the "Share International" website.. in 2012 the Maitreya will make himself known and we will begin by entering a new state of consciousness. Christians really need to read about this because it will open their eyes to everything in Revelation concerning end times and the one to come.

      January 10, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Quid Malmborg in Plano TX

      The Mayan calendar ended over four centuries ago; they've been using ours ever since. Didn't you get the memo?

      January 10, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ed

    Here we go again. 2012 just started and it's the same thing all over again. Let's see if it's one a month again.

    January 10, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. fiskenmann

    Those damn Mayans again!

    January 10, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Johnny

    Maybe another one can strike and take all of the POS hackers in Jakarta with it.

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


      January 10, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. alan

    I don't care if they get consumed by another tsunami...they always end up hating us anyway...wash them all out to sea

    January 10, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • jr


      January 10, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eli

      @Alan Perhaps they hate us for a reason. I don't believe anyone would randomly choose to hate another group of people. Perhaps it's because we impose our will on all the other nations of the world for our benefit. If the roles were reversed, I'd tell any nation to kiss my hind quarters if they wanted to exploit my nation. Just thinking out loud. I may be wrong.

      January 10, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      I totaly agree with you Eli.

      January 10, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • mark

      @eli at first i thought your basic reasoning was sound...but then..i thought..what about the christian right and gays? it's not a feud that no one knows who started. being gay doesn't mean you have to hate christians, but for some christians..being christian does. so there is an asymmetry there, and i find it sad when the christians feel they are being attacked by the gays. mm right. so sometimes a group of people really do just hate another group for seemingly no reason.

      January 10, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. rad666

    Any tsunami warning system in the area?

    January 10, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Skyrocket

      They use the Lifeguard System.

      January 10, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • mark

      well noaa in hawaii did not issue any warnings. yay for noaa!

      January 10, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Sailing Rose

    CNN, please get your facts straight. The Tsunami that claimed over 200.000 lives was in 2006 and 2004 as stated in this piece.

    January 10, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • FrozenChosen

      Ummmmmm...check your history? Try Googling "December 26th, 2004".

      January 10, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Sailing Rose

    "not" in 2004.......

    January 10, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Sailing Rose

    Mixing them up – my bad. There was one in 2006.

    January 10, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  10. government cheese

    The actor, Danny Glover, said earthquakes were caused by global warming. LOL

    January 10, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • toadears

      He has also been a guest at Bohemian grove and probably doesn't see anything wrong out there. Actors are good at pretending. They aren't famous because of their incredible intellect.

      January 10, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Lisa

    For everyone of u... No one should be washed out to sea and the us is always helping everyone... Florida is part of the us and there is global warming... U guys need to get real and god might have done this for a reason did u ever think of that.... Come on now y'all ... Wake up and smell the end coming soon ....... 🙂 Lisa

    January 10, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Norma Tyler

    The world is not going to end this year.Someone said get your wallet out we need to get them out to help our people.Matthew 24 chapter The Holy Bible

    January 10, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • toadears

      You are completely out of line with the Bible if you predict the day, time, or year that the world ends. The Bible specifically warns that NO MAN (meaning human)can predict the time of the end. We are warned to watch and be ready. We are also warned to avoid people who say they are the messiah (Jim Jones, David Koresh, Sun Yun Moon, etc.) and those who claim to know when it's all going to end on earth.

      January 10, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Thermion7

    There are between 10-20 Earthquakes pre year that are between 7.0 – 7.9 Magnitude... 175 that are between 6.0 – 6.9 and 1 or 2 that are greater than 8.0... so far this year... we have had a 7.3 a 6.8 and a 6.6.

    Just about par.

    January 10, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Reading Prophecy

    I have bad feeling about Mayan 2012, hopi, iching, and bible. What's more is... Nostradmus. Shocking and scary.

    According to Nostramdus prophecy. He predicted the Earthquake would shake in USA because the word Arethusa. if you look at suffix usa. The clue is given. It say the towers around the city will collapse and turn into great fire.... "Around the city" means whole city of USA. The two great rocks would be mississippi river.

    Century 1 Quatrain 87
    Earth-Shaking fire from the center of the Earth
    will cause the towers around the New City to shake,
    Two great rocks for a long time will make war,
    And then Arethusa will color a new river red.

    January 10, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Quid Malmborg in Plano TX

      "...the towers around the New City" = The World Trade Center and New York City
      "Two great rocks..." = X-tianity and Mohammedism
      "Arethusa" = "are the USA"

      What part of this eludes you?

      January 10, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reading Prophecy

      Earth-Shaking means earthquake. New City have nothing to do with World Trade Center or New York City. He predicted the modern city would fall on great earthquakes. I wanted to know if it real. So I went back and google everything. I found this "1906 San Francisco earthquake" in wikipedia. I was shocked. I haven't see this for years.

      I went back and study BP oil spill. Later. Googling more information. Something shocking "methane bubble".methane bubble could create earthquakes and tsunami.

      January 10, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Quid Malmborg in Plano TX

      You've no idea what you're talking about. You don't even say whom you're quoting.

      January 10, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reading Prophecy

      I don't need to quote anything about it. I don't know you.

      January 10, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ted Ward

      Get some medication for your own sake, please.

      January 10, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • HurrDurr


      AM END OF WORLD!!!!



      Please seek professional help . .

      January 10, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • US guy

      That he was talking about New York as a center of world economy. 9/11 was the date when two fires changed the world. Two fires – you know what they are – and they made a long war with Iraq. River turned red – thats oil rig.

      January 10, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Quid Malmborg in Plano TX

      River Runs Red. Black Rain Falls.


      January 10, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anomic Office Drone

      The joke is on you if you think anyone can mystically read in to the future.

      January 10, 2012 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  15. mwarca

    yall are a bunch of morons the world already ended you just did not notice

    January 10, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
1 2 3 4 5