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7 magnitude earthquake shakes Indonesia

A strong earthquake has shaken western Indonesia. Its magnitude was 8 on the Richter scale. The European-Mediterranean Earthquake Center (EMSC) has confirmed the data.

The epicenter was reported below the ground, however; no tsunami alert was issued. The epicenter was reported below the ground, however; no tsunami alert was issued.

They later corrected the data and said that the magnitude of the tremor was 8 and the depth of its origin was at least 10 kilometers.

The quake hit the northern Indonesian island of Nias on Tuesday (April 20th) morning. According to the EMSC, the epicenter was reported at 325 kilometers southwest of Padangsidempuan in North Sumatra.

Initially, no casualties were reported. Due to this no tsunami alert was issued.

Source: Reuters, Xinhua

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