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8.2 Magnitude Earthquake Hit Coast of Indonesia: Tsunami Alert Announced

An earthquake struck the Indonesian coast Wednesday afternoon prompting a tsunami alert being announced for the Indian Ocean.

The quake had a magnitude of 8.6 as per the U.S. Geological Survey. It struck about 434 kilometers southwest of Banda Aceh, the capital of Indonesia’s Aceh province. It occurred at a depth of 23 kilometers.

A magnitude 8.2 aftershock occurred off the west coast of Sumatra about two hours later.

There had been no reports of destruction or deaths in Aceh according to Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

A tsunami watch for the entire Indian Ocean was issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center as well as the Indonesian Meteorology and Climatology and Geophysics Agency.

The earthquake struck close to the area hit by the 2004 quake which devastated that area and left thousands dead.

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