Indonesia earthquake: Monster 6.7 quake rocks Northern Sumatra – tsunami warning issued

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The quake was recorded at 6.33am UTC (7.33am GMT) on Friday, and had a magnitude of 6.7 – which is classed as “strong”.  The quake occurred 299km southwest of Padangsidempuan, Indonesia, which has a population of 100,000. In response to the powerful tremor, Tsunami Service Provice have issued a warning.

They said: “Based on historical data and tsunami modeling, this earthquake may be capable of generating a tsunami affecting the Indian Ocean region.

“IOTWMS-TSP INDIA will monitor the situation to determine if a tsunami was generated and will issue further bulletins as information becomes available.”

The quake had a depth of 10km, according to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC).

The effects of the quake were reported in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, which is some 650km from the epicenter.

One person told EMSC: “Tall buildings swaying.”

Other eyewitnesses said the quake lasted “about 10 seconds” and caused noticable “shaking”.

Another person added: “Very strong shake.”

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