JAKARTA, Indonesia - Another undersea earthquake hit Sunday morning at 1029GMT near the Indonesian island of Sumatra and again had people fleeing
their homes in panic, but the temblor was not strong enough to generate a tsunami, seismologistsand meteorologists said. The quake measured 6.8 on the
Richter scale and no tsunami warning has been issued. Reuters is saying there were reports of houses flattened elsewhere on Sumatra, but as of three
hours after the quake hit there were no reports of any casualties.
PADANG, Indonesia (Reuters) - An earthquake of magnitude 6.8 rattled parts of Indonesia on Sunday, sending people in this city on Sumatra island
rushing out of their homes and heading toward high ground in fear of a possible tsunami.
An official said there were reports of houses flattened elsewhere on Sumatra, but as of three hours after the quake hit there were no reports of any
Jakarta-based meteorological analyst Wijayanto also told Reuters "there are no tsunami reports, so residents can return home, but they must still be
careful of aftershocks."
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Fortunately, no injuries or deaths have been reported at this time; however, residents have been warned to look out for after shocks.
Now for the questions, does anyone know if this quake was predicted, if so where was it predicted to hit and at what depth?
The U.S. Geological Survey said this 6.8-magnitude tremor's epicenter was centered about 70 miles southwest of Padang, a city in western Sumatra, at
a depth of nearly 19 miles, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Honolulu, Hawaii centre noted however that
"earthquakes of this size sometimes generate local tsunamis that can be destrucitve along coasts located within a few hundred kilometers to the
Map of epicenter can be found here www.prh.noaa.gov...
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