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.

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soundoff (146 Responses)
  1. amma

    TO BIFF. Maybe phuck your country.

    January 10, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Periko

    I am from Indonesia. There is no demage reported

    January 10, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. amma

    TO BIFF..Maybe it should phuck your country so there will be more space in Heaven for us.

    January 10, 2012 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. spudds

    LOL. THE MOLE MEN !!! Now thats funny .

    January 10, 2012 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. spudds

    this is for amma you shouldnt be happy about those who wont make it to heaven there is room for all that would go and we should be sadend for those who choose not to

    January 10, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Pharma-X

    Didn't feel a thing.

    January 10, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. @Spuds

    People don't choose who goes to heaven. God does. Get a clue.

    January 10, 2012 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. spudds

    does any one know what came first the chicken or the egg

    January 10, 2012 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. spudds

    You are incorect god will invite a person to follow him but the person must choose to or not its called free will . other wise we all would beleave the exact same . HOWS THAT FOR A CLUE

    January 10, 2012 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. spudds

    WOW HOW ABOUT THIS WEATHER LOL.

    January 10, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Elliott Ruffolo

    Given a few seasons Tony Green would have become a true legend. His career was cut cruelly short after his transfer to the Toon. Otherwise Peter Beardsley was the most enjoyable player to watch.

    January 31, 2012 at 1:31 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. udith pradeepa

    stay safe all

    April 11, 2012 at 5:14 am | Report abuse | Reply
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