Earthquake Strikes Off Coast of Indonesia

Jakarta, Indonesia—(ENEWSPF)—April 11, 2012.  The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reports that a magnitude 8.6 earthquake has struck today off the coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra.  The earthquake struck approximately 270 miles southwest of Banda Aceh.

The USGS also reports that a second large quake, with a magnitude of 8.2, occurred off the west coast of Sumatra about two hours later.

There was also a series of smaller quakes off the west coast of northern Sumatra with magnitudes between 5.1 and 5.4.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a tsunami watch for the entire Indian Ocean, and the Indonesian Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency said it had put up a tsunami warning as well.

There were no immediate reports of deaths.