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. Pam

    Please let there be only a few casualities. We do not need more earthquakes and death right now.

    April 6, 2010 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. godbluff

    Remind me to never move to Sumatra or anywhere near it. These quakes seem to be increasing in frequency and magnitude. Hopefully this often set upon part of the world gets a break for a while.

    April 6, 2010 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. CH Ong

    I can feel the shakin in Penang, Malaysia.

    April 6, 2010 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. y

    Hope it's not devastating

    April 6, 2010 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Morrigan

    There are reaons we are having so many earthquakes. Has very little to do with global warming or the 2012 thing. All the quakes are related. If the dark matter machine they turned on about 6 weeks isn't causing them, then is will stop once all the plates have moved.

    April 6, 2010 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Brad McBride

    The Earth has been rocking and rolling recently. Massive earthquakes striking, in geological scale anyway, almost simultaneously. Hopefully nothing massive in in the offing.

    April 6, 2010 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. lubahlu

    A watch, not a warning. It's still not cool, but not as urgent.

    April 6, 2010 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Matthew 24

    4 major ones in March, 3 in April.."there will be..earthquakes in many places. All these are the beginning ...News before it happened.

    April 6, 2010 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ariel

    This is not normal. Seems that the world is shaking, something is happening, this is not normal, so many earthquakes in a little time.

    April 6, 2010 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Melvin Phun

    I felt it in my condo in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia!!

    April 6, 2010 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  11. vie

    ya,i've feel shaking in home at malaysia just now

    April 6, 2010 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Chris

    Is northern california next?

    April 6, 2010 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  13. joe

    this is really getting interesting

    April 6, 2010 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jennifer

    Another earthquake??? That's the 4th big one in 4 months!

    April 6, 2010 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  15. projektidrty

    the earths plates are shifting, pressure is building its only a matter of time when the big one will hit california and other regions.!

    April 6, 2010 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
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