Powerful earthquake jolts western Indonesia; No tsunami threat to Sri Lanka


A magnitude 7.3 earthquake has struck west of Indonesia’s Sumatra Island, triggering a tsunami warning which has now been lifted.

The tsunami warning which was in place for round two hours, requested native authorities to right away instruct residents of the affected space to maneuver away from shores, but it surely has since been lifted.

In the meantime Sri Lanka’s Division of Meteorology introduced there isn’t a tsunami risk to Sri Lanka at current with the impact of above earthquake and that due to this fact, the coastal areas of Sri Lanka are declared secure. 

“Public is additional knowledgeable that this message is introduced in session with related nationwide and worldwide companies,” the Nationwide Tsunami Early Warning Middle mentioned.

The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre earlier pegged the quake at 6.9 magnitude.

The quake, at a depth of 84km, hit on Tuesday at about 3am native time. Quite a lot of aftershocks had been detected later, and one registered 5 magnitude, BMKG knowledge confirmed.

Indonesia’s catastrophe mitigation company mentioned authorities had been amassing knowledge from the islands nearest the epicentre off the western shore of Sumatra, spokesperson Abdul Muhari mentioned.

In Padang, the capital of West Sumatra, the quake was felt strongly, and a few individuals moved away from the seashores, mentioned Abdul, who was in Padang.

“Individuals left their houses. Some had been panicking however beneath management. At the moment a few of them are evacuating away from the ocean,” he mentioned, including he had seen no injury thus far.

Native information footage confirmed some Padang residents evacuating by bike and foot to greater floor. Some carried backpacks whereas others huddled collectively beneath an umbrella in opposition to the rain.

“On the Siberut island, individuals had already been evacuated. They’ve been instructed to remain on the evacuation space till tsunami warning is lifted,” Noviandri, an area official instructed TvOne.

Indonesia suffers frequent earthquakes as a result of it straddles the so-called Pacific Ring of Fireplace, a seismically energetic zone the place completely different plates of the earth’s crust meet.

– With inputs from Reuters


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