Early Wednesday of Indonesian time, the archipelago has been struck by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake and there has been a tsunami alert made. From the USGS records the quake hit the country at 6:15 pm ET and quake’s epicentre was 204km (127 miles) northwest of Sibolga on Sumatra’s coast, at a depth of nearly 48km. There has been reports that six people on Simeulue island were injured and two houses collapsed under the violent shaking. The has been felt for 3-4 minutes and reported to be strong.
Measurements of sea levels indicated that tsunami waves “may have been destructive along coasts near the earthquake epicenter,” the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said. But despite of this destructive widespread tidal wave was said to be unlikely.
Local television reported that people rushed to higher ground in some areas. Thai authorities also warned people in coastal areas to evacuate to a safe place.