7.3 quake strikes off coast of Indonesia; tsunami warning issued
7.3 quake near Indonesia is the strongest since the deadly 2004 temblor. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage following the 7.3 quake.
A powerful earthquake hit waters off western Indonesia early Wednesday, prompting officials to issue a tsunami warning. Panicked residents poured into the streets, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or serious damage.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the 7.3-magnitude quake struck 260 miles (420 kilometers) off the coast of Aceh province just after midnight. It was centered 18 miles (30 kilometers) beneath the ocean floor.
Residents in the provincial capital, Banda Aceh, and other cities along the coast fled their homes and waited in the streets. Patients were evacuated from at least one hospital as a precaution.
“It was very strong,” said Darmili, district head in Seumele. “But so far we’re not hearing anything about injuries or real damage.”