Strong earthquake strikes western Indonesia, tsunami warning in effect
February 20, 2008, 4:37 pm
Filed under: Earthquake, Tsunami

JAKARTA (AP): A powerful earthquake struck western Indonesia on Wednesday, prompting tsunami warnings from international agencies. There were no immediate reports of damage or injury. The quake, which had a preliminary magnitude of 7.6, struck off the western coast of Sumatra island close to Simeulue island, the U.S. Geological Survey said in a posting on its Web site.

Minutes after it hit, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a bulletin saying parts of the Sumatran coast closest to the epicenter were at risk of a possible tsunami.

Japan’s meteorological agency said India’s Andaman and Nicobar island chain was also at risk


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