BREAKING NEWS: An 8.9-magnitude, then downgraded to 8.7-magnitude by the USGS (United States Geological Survey) has struck off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. The earthquake struck 308 miles (500km) southwest of the city of Banda Aceh, on the northern tip of Sumatra Island, at a depth of 20.5 miles (33km).
The quake was so severe it was felt as far away as the Thai capital, Bangkok, and as well as southern India. Because the earthquake was a strike-slip, it means there is less chance of a devastating tsunami. A strike-slip earthquake happen vertically, and the water dispersement is not as bad as a reverse fault, or normal fault, where the normal fault sends the crust up horizontally, where tsunamis usually happen, especially at this magnitude.
Just two hours later, and only moments ago, an 8.2-magnitude earthquake has struck in the same region. This was at a depth of 10.2 miles, so much closer to the ground itself. We'll try to update as news is out, but for now the first earthquake isn't said to create a tsunami worth worrying about, but the second one has just happened, so we'll report back when we have news.
We would advise you to take caution, don't panic and stay as calm as you can. Of course, if you want to leave to feel safer, please do so. We'll keep the news coming as it happens.
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