7.9 magnitude earthquake jolts Indonesia

Indonesia, Mar. 2 (ANI): An earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter Scale struck the coast of Indonesia this evening, according to the US Geological Survey.

The country has issued a tsunami warning, the National Meteorological Agency reported.

The shallow quake, which hit southwest of the island of Sumatra, had a depth of 10 kilometers.

The epicenter of the quake was located 808 kilometers (502 miles) southwest of Padang.

No damage or casualties has been reported as yet.

In 2004, a 9.1 magnitude earthquake struck 160 kilometers off the western coast of northern Sumatra, resulting in a tsunami.

Indonesia straddles the so-called ‘Pacific Ring of Fire’, a highly seismically active zone where neighboring tectonic plates violently clash, resulting in a large number of earthquakes and volcanoes. (ANI)

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