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A massive earthquake off the coast of Sumatra has triggered a tsumani alert around the Indian Ocean.
The quake's magnitude was 8.7, according to a revised measurement from the US Geological Survey, and it struck 431km off the Indonesian city of Banda Aceh, on the island of Sumatra, today at 6.38pm (AEST) and at a depth of 33km.
BANDA ACEH, INDONESIA—A tsunami watch was issued for countries across the Indian Ocean after a massive earthquake hit waters off Indonesia on Wednesday, triggering widespread panic as residents along coastlines fled to high ground in cars and on the backs of motorcycles.
Some were screamed “God is great” as they poured from their homes. Others, separated from relatives, cried as they ran frantically through the streets.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the 8.6-magnitude quake was centred 33 kilometres beneath the ocean floor around 435 kilometres from Aceh’s provincial capital.
The tremor was felt in Singapore, Thailand, Bangladesh, Malaysia and India. High-rise apartments and offices on Malaysia’s west coast shook for at least a minute.
Source - Thestar.com(World News)