According to the U.S. Geological Survey, an earthquake with a 7.7 magnitude rocked the Indonesian island of Sumatra at 9:42pm local time Monday night. The earthquake struck 12.8 miles below the ocean floor 150 miles from Padang, capital of West Sumatra. A disastrous earthquake wreaked havoc on the area in September 2009 in which 700 people were killed. Miraculously, no major damage has been reported in this Sumatra quake.
Residents Sofyan Alawi and Ade Syahputra commented on the scene after the earthquake:
‘Everyone was running out of their houses,’ said Sofyan Alawi, adding that, with loudspeakers from mosques blaring out tsunami warnings, the roads leading to surrounding hills were quickly jammed with cars and motorcycles. ‘We kept looking back to see if a wave was coming,’ said Ade Syahputra.
Luckily that wave never came and the tsunami warning put in place after the Sumatra quake has been lifted. Although the earthquake is over, Sumatra isn’t out of the woods yet. A particularly strong aftershock with a magnitude of 5.5 struck an hour after the original earthquake. Aftershocks are expected to occur for days or even weeks.
Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelago and is a perfect target for earthquakes and volcanoes because of its location within the Pacific Ring of Fire.