A massive 7.9 magnitude earthquake has just shaken Indonesia. The USGS initially evaluated to tremor at 8.2 but revised the magnitude down after further investigation.

As CBS notes, “the quake was centered about 500 miles southwest of Indonesia’s Sumatra island in the Indian Ocean, but was shallow at a depth of only about six miles, meaning it could cause serious damage.” The epicentre was 808km (502 miles) southwest of the city of Padang, and was 10km deep.


The country has issued an early tsunami warning.


Here’s the data from the USGS:

2016-03-02 12:49:46 (UTC)

Nearby Cities

662km (411mi) SW of Muara Siberut, Indonesia
807km (501mi) SW of Pariaman, Indonesia
808km (502mi) WSW of Padang, Indonesia
846km (526mi) WSW of Solok, Indonesia
851km (529mi) NNW of West Island, Cocos Islands

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