6.2 Earthquake Near Sumatra

By: Stephen Bowers Email
By: Stephen Bowers Email

The United States Geological Survey says that a magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck the Indian Ocean less than 200 miles west of Sumatra, Indonesia Saturday evening. The region has been the site of numerous earthquakes in the past, including the 9.0 earthquake that struck the day after Christmas in 2004 and caused a massive tsunami that killed hundreds of thousands of people along the South Asian Indian Ocean coast.

As of this evening, no tsunami watches or warnings had been issued for the region, and buoy observations from the Tsunami Buoy Network indicated that a tsunami was not likely following the earthquake.

No injuries or damage was reported as result of the earthquake.

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