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Powerful earthquake hits Indonesia – Local tsunami watch announced

The US geological survey has reported that an earthquake of 7.5 magnitude has hit the western coast of Indonesian island of Sumatra. A tsunami watch has been announced by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.  The warning center has announced a local tsunami watch and does not predict a major widespread destruction.

The 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit 78 km northwest off South Pagai at a depth of 10 km.

The Tsunami that killed more than 250,000 people in December 2004 was the cause of a similar earthquake off Sumatra that was of more than 9 magnitude. Indonesia sits on the Pacific “Ring of Fire” and is prone to earthquakes.