7.9 magnitude earthquake hits West Indonesia


Update: Tsunami warning lifted for Indonesia’s Sumatra island

JAKARTA – A 7.9-magnitude earthquake struck off Indonesia’s western island of Sumatra Wednesday, the US Geological Survey said, with local authorities issuing a tsunami warning.

The undersea quake struck at a depth of 10 kilometres (six miles) southwest of Sumatra at about 6:50 pm (1250 GMT), several hundred kilometres from the city of Padang, the USGS said.

The local BMKG quake-monitoring agency issued a tsunami alert for parts of Sumatra, including West Sumatra, North Sumatra and Aceh.

Indonesia sits on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, where the meeting of continental plates causes strong seismic activity, and is frequently hit by earthquakes.

According to Reuters, residents in Singapore reported feeling tremors in areas including Bishan, East Coast, Sengkang and Ang Mo Kio.

However, Singapore is unlikely to be affected by the earthquake, said the National Environment Agency.

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016 – 21:32
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