7.5-magnitude quake hits off Indonesia, US monitor says

October 25, 2010 17:34

JAKARTA, Indonesia — A strong earthquake on Monday hit off the western coast of Indonesia's Sumatra island and triggered a tsunami watch.

The US Geological Survey said the 7.5-magnitude temblor struck at a depth of 20 miles (30 kilometers) and is centered on a small island off the coast of Sumatra, where a massive earthquake and tsunami hit in 2004.A tsunami watch was issued for Indonesia, saying waves were possible within a few hundred miles (kilometers) of the epicenter. However, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said historical data suggest any wave it created would not be destructive.

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