8.9 Earthquake western coast of Sumatra – Indonesia

11 April 2012 – 956pm

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A MAGNITUDE-8.9 earthquake has struck off the western coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra, triggering a tsunami warning, the US Geological Survey reported.

The earthquake struck at a depth of 33km, at a location about 495km southwest of Banda Aceh on the island of Sumatra.

An Indian Ocean-wide tsunami warning was put in place immediately following the quake, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.

Said, an official at Indonesia’s Meteorology and Geophysics Agency who goes by only one name, said a tsunami warning has been issued.

Indonesia straddles a series of fault lines that makes the vast island nation prone to volcanic and seismic activity.

A giant 9.1-magnitude quake off the country on December 26, 2004, triggered a tsunami in the Indian Ocean that killed 230,000 people, nearly three-quarters of them in Aceh.