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Earthquake Hits Near Sumatra, Indonesia

Editor's note, 2:35 p.m. EST: The story has been updated to include the Indonesian government's tsunami warning.

An earthquake has struck near west coat of northern Sumatra, Indonesia. the same island that was hit by a devestating earthquake and tsunami in 2004. The preliminary magnitude of today's quake was 7.3, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The Indonesian government has issued a tsunami warning, reported the Daily Mirror. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has not issued a tsunami warning. Details from the USGS:


Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 18:37:01 UTC

Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 12:37:01 AM at epicenter

Location: 2.396°N, 93.175°E

Depth: 29.1 km (18.1 miles)

Distances from epicenter:

423 km (262 miles) SW of Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia

537 km (333 miles) SW of Lhokseumawe, Sumatra, Indonesia

951 km (590 miles) W of KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia

1789 km (1111 miles) WNW of JAKARTA, Java, Indonesia

This article will be updated if the event proves significant.

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