According to seismologists, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.1 occurred in the sea close to Sumatra island in Indonesia. Although a tsunami alert was initially released for the adjacent coastlines, it has subsequently been annulled.
Limited information is currently available regarding the incident.
The earthquake occurred at 3:01 a.m. local time on Tuesday, with its epicenter located in the ocean roughly 195 kilometers west of Badang, the capital of West Sumatra province.
According to Indonesia’s seismological agency BMKG, the earthquake was initially measured at a magnitude of 7.3 and had a depth of 84 kilometers.
However, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported a lower magnitude of 7.1 and a shallower depth of only 15 kilometers.
BMKG has cautioned that the earthquake could potentially trigger a tsunami and has released a warning for coastal areas situated near the epicenter, urging individuals to stay away from the beaches.
BMKG also stated that based on historical data and tsunami modeling, this earthquake could generate a tsunami that might impact the Indian Ocean region.
Information concerning harm or casualties resulting from the earthquake is not presently accessible.
If you have sensed the earthquake, please share your location and experience with us by sending an email to [email protected].
This is a developing story that will be updated when more information is available.
Tsunami warning canceled after 7.1 magnitude quake near Sumatra
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