7.9-magnitude quake hits Indonesia

National Disaster Management Agency says tsunami warning in effect in provinces of Sumatra island

7.9-magnitude quake hits Indonesia

World Bulletin / News Desk

A powerful earthquake struck west of Indonesia’s Sumatra island Wednesday, a National Disaster Management Agency spokesperson told Anadolu Agency.

"[It has] tsunami potential," Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.

The agency recorded the earthquake as having a magnitude of 8.3 and a depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles) around 682 kilometers west of the Mentawai islands of west Sumatra.

The tsunami warning will be in effect in the provinces of West Sumatra, North Sumatra, Aceh, Bengkulu and Lampung.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the shallow earthquake had a magnitude of 7.9, after reporting magnitudes of 8.2 and 8.1.

Indonesia lies within the Pacific’s "Ring of Fire", where tectonic plates collide and cause frequent seismic and volcanic activity.

On Dec. 26, 2004, a 9.1-magnitude earthquake struck the eastern coast of Sumatra island, causing a tsunami that killed around 230,000 people as it tore along the coasts of Sri Lanka, India, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 02 Mart 2016, 15:50