Indonesia Earthquake 8.7 Magnitude and Tsunami Warnings: Latest Updates [VIDEO]

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A massive earthquake measuring 8.7 on the Richter scale hit Indonesia on Wednesday.

The quake and aftershocks from surrounding regions led to tsunami warnings for all nearby coastal countries. Reports said the quake was in roughly the same area as the monster 9.1-magnitude tremor on 26 December, 2004, which sparked a tsunami that killed about 230,000 people across 13 countries bordering the Indian Ocean, including Thailand, Sri Lanka and India.

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The US Geological Survey said the quake was felt in Thailand and southern Indian states and was detected 33km beneath the ocean floor and about 495 kilometres south-west of Banda Aceh but its scientists have ruled out any tsunami.

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