7.5 quake reported off Indonesia on Monday; tsunami warning called off
7.5 quake strikes Monday off the coast of Indonesia. A tsunami warning initially posted after the 7.5 quake has been withdrawn.
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A powerful earthquake with a magnitude of up to 7.5 under the ocean off Indonesia's Sumatra island Monday sparked initial tsunami warnings, but the Indonesian earthquake agency later withdrew the alert.
There were no immediate reports of any damage or casualties from the quake, which the earthquake agency measured at 7.2, followed by two aftershocks of magnitude 5.
The agency said the quake hit 48 miles west of South Pagai, one of the remote and sparsely developed Mentawai islands, at a depth of 10 kilometers.
In December 2004, a tsunami caused by an earthquake of more than 9 magnitude off Sumatra killed more than 226,000 people. It was the deadliest tsunami on record.