Powerful 8.6-Magnitude Earthquake Triggers Tsunami, But Little Damage

A massive 8.6 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Indonesia early today, triggering an Indian Ocean tsunami that alarmed people throughout the region, but caused little damage.

The quake was centered 20 miles beneath the ocean floor about 270 miles from Aceh’s provincial capital.

The tremor was felt in Singapore, Thailand, Bangladesh, India and Malaysia, where tall office buildings shook for more than a minute, according to the Associated Press.

An 8.2-magnitude aftershock was reported off the coast of northern Sumatra with an epicenter 382 miles from Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia, around 6:43 a.m., according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

“A significant tsunami was generated by this earthquake,” the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said today. At its highest, waves tsunami waves rose 3.5 feet.

The tsunami alert was terrifying for people who still have fresh memories of the 2004 tsunami that devastated Indonesia’s islands.

You can read the complete story on Good Morning America.


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