Massive quake aftershocks rock Indonesia, new tsunami warning
Indonesia`s Geophysical Agency says a series of strong aftershocks measuring 8.2 and 8.3 magnitude have hit off the Sumatra province of Aceh. A new tsunami warning has been issued.
The epicenter of the fresh tremors lies further offshore than Wednesday`s quake itself. One aftershock occurred 615 kilometers from the city of Banda Aceh in Northern Sumatra, and 1,061 kilometers from the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur.ґ
Sea levels in Simeulue Island near the epicenter of the Aceh quake were registered as receding by about 10 meters, a witness informed Reuters.
The initial 8.6 magnitude earthquake happened 500 kilometers off the coast of northern Sumatra.
The closest city to the quake`s epicenter, which lies 33 km beneath the ocean floor, is Banda Aceh with a population of over 220,000.