There have been no immediate reports of damage.
It’s being described as a powerful and shallow quake with an epicentre 808 km southwest of Padang, Indonesia, which probably puts it a bit south of my guestimate.
The original tsunami warning covered three Indonesian provinces – Western Sumatra, Northern Sumatra and Aceh, where about 170,000 people were killed by 2004’s catastrophic quake and tsunami.
Shallow earthquakes are more likely to cause damage, but the USGS said the quake was located far from land, about 662 kilometers (411 miles) from the city of Muara Siberut.
The U.S. Geological Service said the natural disaster had a magnitude of 7.8.
Bambang Soelistyo, head of Indonesia’s search and rescue agency, said there had not been any reports of casualties so far.
Chaotic traffic is seen on a street as people try to reach higher ground following a strong natural disaster in Indonesia.
In Australia, to the east of the Indonesian archipelago, authorities said there was no tsunami threat to the Australian mainland but issued a marine threat to Cocos Island and Christmas Island off the east coast.
This 2010 picture shows destruction in the tsunami-hit hamlet of Sipora on one of the Mentawai islands in West Sumatra province.
Officials across South-East Asia have issued emergency warnings due to fears of a tsunami being triggered following the quake. “There have been no reports of damage”.
The local people of Padang city told the TRT that they experienced two earthquakes in just a gap of about two minutes.
Indonesia straddles the so-called “Pacific Ring of Fire“, a highly seismically active zone that was badly hit by the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004. Thus, keeping the same in mind, the government of affected nations carried out a more affected tsunami monitoring system.