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Indonesia tsunami “may have been destructive”

A 7.7 magnitude quake off the coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra has generated a tsunami.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre says the wave may have been destructive along the coast near the earthquake epicentre.

The quake has brought back memories of the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami which killed around 200,000 people around the Indian Ocean.

CNN Meteorologist Chad Myers says today’s quake is much deeper so the tsunami will not be so devastating 

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre is telling Sumatran officials the danger will not be over until damaging waves have not occurred for at least two hours. It adds no tsunami threat exists for any other areas.

Measurements of sea levels indicated that tsunami waves “may have been destructive along coasts near the earthquake epicenter,” the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.

– NewstalkZB and CNN


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