April 6th, 2010
09:28 PM ET

7.7-magnitude quake strikes Indonesia

[Updated at 9:50 p.m.] Read the full CNN.com story

[Updated at 9:18 p.m.] The tsunami watches have been canceled for "all areas of the Indian Ocean," according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

[Updated at 9:12 p.m.] Residents in Banda Aceh said they were without power.

Residents in coastal towns fled inland to higher ground just after the quake, according to a local radio station.

The tsunamis, in Banyak Island and Teluk Dalam, were small and not dangerous, measuring just under a foot high, said Fauzi, chief of the Indonesian Meteorological and Geophysics Agency. Fauzi goes by only one name, which is common in Indonesia.

[Updated at 8:20 p.m.] The quake triggered two tsunamis, according to the Indonesian Meteorological and Geophysics Agency.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. The initial shaking, which reportedly lasted for at least three minutes, prompted scores of people to run out of buildings into open air, witnesses said.

"The quake was felt quite strong, maybe about three four minutes," said Dadik, the head of Simeulue police who goes by only one name. "I've ordered my staff to check if there's any damage or casualties, but apparently no damage reported so far."

Measurements of sea levels indicated that tsunami waves "may have been  destructive along coasts near the earthquake epicenter," the Pacific Tsunami  Warning Center said.

One registered tsunami measured close to a foot from peak to trough and  was considered a small tsunami, said geophysicist Gerard Fryer with the Pacific  Tsunami Warning Center.

Indonesia announced the tsunami warning quickly, Fryer said, and  officials at Indonesia's Meteorological and Geophysics Agency lifted it about  two hours later.

[Updated at 7:50 p.m.] The depth at which the earthquake struck has also been changed. The USGS has revised the depth to 19.3 miles. It was previously reported to be 28.6 miles.

[Updated at 7:42 p.m.] A 9.1-magnitude underwater earthquake struck off the coast of Sumatra in 2004, triggering a tsunami that killed more than 200,000 people in 14 countries.

The tsunami, which washed away entire communities, caused nearly $10 billion in damage and more casualties than any other tsunami in history, according to the United Nations. Indonesia was among the hardest hit nations.

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[Updated at 7:38 p.m.] The USGS has downgraded the earthquake to magnitude 7.7. The temblor struck 125 miles from Sibolga, situated on Indonesia's Sumatra island.

[Updated at 7:29 p.m.] CNN meteorologist Chad Meyers talks to CNN's Wolf Blitzer about the number of earthquakes that have occurred recently.

[Updated at 7:16 p.m.] CNN's Lisa Sylvester has some of the early details about the quake.

[Updated at 7:07 p.m.] Scientists are monitoring data from ocean buoys to determine whether the earthquake already generated a tsunami, said geophysicist Gerard Fryer of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

If a tsunami does erupt from the quake in shallow waters, Fryer said, it would be very small and not move much water.

Scientists said they do not expect the tsunami to affect the west coast of North America.

[Updated at 6:47 p.m.] The temblor struck 145 miles off the coast of northern Sumatra, Indonesia, at a depth of 28.6 miles, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

A "destructive widespread tsunami" is not expected, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said, but a local tsunami could affect coastal areas near the quake's epicenter.

[Updated at 6:41 p.m.] A local tsunami watch has been issued for Indonesia and surrounding areas.

[Posted at 6:35 p.m.] A 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck northern Sumatra, Indonesia, early Wednesday according to the U. S. Geological Survey.

- CNN's Augie Martin and Andy Saputra contributed to this report.

soundoff (223 Responses)
  1. Jman

    Read Revelations, it will explain everything. You can deny it all you want, say earthquakes happen all the time, try to use science to explain it, but the answer is right in front of you.

    April 7, 2010 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  2. Mic

    Matthew24:3 "Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your presence and of the conclusion of the system of things?" Verses 4-14 summarizes as "And in answer Jesus said to them"For nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be food shortages and earthquakes in one place after another. All these things are the beginning of the pangs of distress....the love of the greater number will cool off. Be he that endures to the end is the one that will be saved. And the good news of the kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations and then the end will come."
    2 Timothy 3:1-5. "But know this, that in the last days critical times hard to deal with will be here> For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, self-assuming, haughty, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, disloyal, having no natural affection, not open to any agreements, slanderes, without self control, fierce, puffed up with pride, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godly devotion but proving false to its power, and from these turn away.

    April 7, 2010 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  3. Mic

    Daniel 12:1,3,4,8,9, 10, 13 (1) "And during that time Michael will stand up, the great prince who is standing in behalf of the sons of your people. And there will certainly occur a time of distress wuch as has not been made to occur since there came to be a nation until that time. (3) And the ones have insight will shine like the brightness of the expanse. (4) And as for you, O Daniel, make secret the words and seal up the book until the time of the end. Many will rove about and the true knowledge will become abundant... (8) Now as for me, I heard but I could not understand so that I said "O my lord, what will be the final part of these things? (9) And he went on to say "Go, Daniel, because the words are made secret and sealed up until the time oif the end. (10) ..And no wicked one will understand, but the ones having insight will understand. (13) And as for you yourself, go toward the end and you will rest, but you will stand up for your lot at the end of the days.

    April 7, 2010 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  4. Mark

    Earthquakes are a result of plate tectonics and no one has control over when they occur or where and how high. They are bigger and more frequent due to the material that the plates are sliding on and also the planet is old people and its time for a refurbish job. Just don't be under a bridge if you're caught in one.

    April 7, 2010 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. check out the 7.2 damage from the Mexico earthquake at dirtznewz.com why isn't anyone covering that???

    check out the damage from the Mexico 7.2 earthquake at dirtznewz.com why isn't anyone covering that???

    April 8, 2010 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |
  6. Brenda

    Please pay attention and lend a ear God is trying to get your attention, much greater disasters are to come . Read the Bible and to know this is not just the earth moving around. These are signs of things to come. Jesus is coming back for us, you will not be able to go thru what is to come without the comfort and Love of God. God Loves Us Have Faith We WILL NOT BE ALONE!

    April 8, 2010 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  7. Peter

    This is clearly the Navy's fault for testing sonar on dolphins.

    April 9, 2010 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |

    Our thirst for energy might have doomed us all,the Exxon's and Shell of the world are digging at unprecedented depth's{30,000 ft below the ocean floor),if a premature cooling of the earth's inner core has begun we are doomed!.The shifting of the earths plates the cause of these earthquakes should be taken very seriously.Mankind could easily fullfill the prophecy of the book of revelations,if we cool earths inner core.

    April 11, 2010 at 1:19 am | Report abuse |
  9. Steve

    There are an average of 50 "major" earthquakes everyday. "Major" meaning above 5.0. I think we just see it in the news more that is all and maybe mother earth is trying to shake a few of us off?

    April 11, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  10. camidumas

    read range year technology

    May 10, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  11. donna

    does this machine HAARP exist. I know it was mentioned in the movie " The Core"

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