7.8-Magnitude Earthquake Hits Indonesia

A powerful earthquake of magnitude 7.8 has hit the west coast of Sumatra Island, earlier today, March 2.


The tremor hit many regions of Indonesia, including West and North Sumatra, and Aceh. It happened at 19:49 local time (12:49 GMT).

No immediate reports of damage or casualties have been recorded.

The earthquake is said to have been 24km deep. Its epicentre was situated at 805km from Padang city. Inhabitants said in a statement to the BBC that two earthquakes separated by a 2-minute interval were felt.

The earthquake had triggered a tsunami warning in the region that was later lifted. Australia had also issued a warning for its west coast, and for Cocos Island and Christmas Island located in the Pacific, before ultimately lifting it.

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