A powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake off the west coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra, has caused several deaths.
- We do not know how many people who have lost their lives yet, says Heronimus Guru, a spokesman for the national search and rescue service, to Reuters. A rescue operation is now being initiated.
The epicenter is located 808 km southwest of Padang. First the US Geological Survey reported that the quake was 10 kilometers deep, but the depth was later adjusted to 24 kilometers. The magnitude was also revised down from 7.9 to 7.8.
A tsunami warning was issued after the quake, but according to Indonesian TV, quickly withdrawn. The warning included parts of Sumatra, including West Sumatra, North Sumatra and Aceh.
The Aceh province was hit hard by a tsunami in 2004 after a powerful earthquake off Sumatra. The earthquake had a magnitude of 9.1. The following tsunami took 220,000 lives.
Also the Australian Bureau of Meteorology issued a tsunami warning for the Cocos Islands and the Christmas Island, but this was also quickly retracted.
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