An earthquake with an initial magnitude of 8.7 has struck under the sea off Indonesia’s northern Aceh province.
The quake triggered a tsunami warning across the Indian Ocean region. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said it was not yet known whether a tsunami had been generated, but advised authorities to “take appropriate action”.
The tsunami centre’s warning said quakes of such a magnitude “have the potential to generate a widespread destructive tsunami that can affect coastlines across the entire Indian Ocean basin”.
8.7 (Preliminary magnitude — update expected within 15 minutes)
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 08:38:30 UTC
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 02:38:30 PM at epicenter
33 km (20.5 miles) set by location program
OFF THE WEST COAST OF NORTHERN SUMATRA
434 km (269 miles) SW of Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia
550 km (341 miles) SW of Lhokseumawe, Sumatra, Indonesia
963 km (598 miles) W of KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia
1797 km (1116 miles) WNW of JAKARTA, Java, Indonesia
After Effects are felt on India,china and Nepal also.