NEW YORK (AP) - A magnitude 7.8 earthquake has rattled
Indonesia's northwest island of Sumatra, the U.S. Geological Survey
The quake struck at 2215 GMT (5:15 a.m. Wednesday local time)
and was centered 205 kilometers (125 miles) northwest of Sibolga in
Sumatra, and was 1,425 kilometers (880 miles) northwest of Jakarta,
the U.S. Geological Survey said.
A tsunami watch was issued for the region, said the Pacific
Tsunami Warning Center in Honolulu.
Japan's Kyodo news agency said that the Jakarta-based
Meteorological, Geophysics and Climatology agency issued a tsunami
Kyodo also reported blackouts in Medan and Banda Aceh, the
capital of Aceh Province.
The quake was 46 kilometers (28.6 miles) deep, the USGS said.
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