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Magnitude 7.4 SIMEULUE, INDONESIA

Wednesday, February 20, 2008 at 08:08:30 UTC

News Release

The following is a release by the United States Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center: An earthquake occurred 310 km (195 miles) SSE of Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia, 310 km (195 miles) WSW of Medan, Sumatra, Indonesia, 335 km (210 miles) WNW of Sibolga, Sumatra, Indonesia, 1545 km (960 miles) NW of JAKARTA, Java, Indonesia at 1:08 AM MST, Feb 20, 2008 (3:08 PM local time in Indonesia). The magnitude and location may be revised when additional data and further analysis results are available. Earthquakes of this type sometimes cause tsunamis, however the USGS has no information that an actual tsunami has been generated. For information about tsunamis, contact the NOAA Tsunami Warning Centers at http://tsunami.gov.

Three people killed and 25 seriously injured in the western Aceh province. Felt (V) at Meulaboh; (IV) at Banda Aceh, Medan and Tapaktuan; (III) at Gunungsitoli, Padang and Sibolga; (II) at Payakumbuh and Bukittinggi. Also felt at Duri and Lhokseumawe. Felt (III) at Butterworth, Gelugor, George Town, Kuala Lumpur, Petaling Jaya, Sungai Ara and Tanjong Tokong and (II) at Perai. Also felt at Alor Setar, Ayer Itam, Juru, Kajang-Sungai Chua, Kampong Tanjong Bunga, Kampong Tanjung Karang, Klang, Kota Baharu, Kuah, Kulim, Nibung Tepal and Shah Alam, Malaysia. Also felt at Kathu, Thailand.

Preliminary Earthquake Report
U.S. Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center
World Data Center for Seismology, Denver


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