Indonesia earthquake off Sumatra measures 7.9 magnitude

  • 2 March 2016
Indonesian residents use a variety of transport options as they rush to higher ground in Padang Image copyright AFP/Getty Images
Image caption Indonesian residents rush to higher ground in Padang after the earthquake hit

A 7.9 magnitude earthquake has struck off the coast of western Indonesia in Southeast Asia.

There have been no immediate reports of damage.

The US Geological Survey said the earthquake struck at 12.49pm (British time). It said the epicentre was 500 miles south-west of the city of Padang, and 24km deep.

Indonesia's National Meteorological Agency lifted its tsunami warnings several hours after the quake.

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Australian tsunami warnings for Cocos Island, Christmas Island and Western Australia were also lifted.

The earthquake was felt strongly in Padang for a few seconds with people running out of their homes to higher ground, according to news agency AFP.

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Image caption Large parts of Indonesia were destroyed by a powerful earthquake-triggered tsunami in 2004

In 2004, an 8.9 magnitude earthquake in Asia triggered the world's deadliest ever tsunami, killing more than 200,000 people.

After that disaster, a better tsunami monitoring system was put in place. Warnings are now more frequent after earthquakes in the area.

Indonesia lies on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", which is an area where earthquakes and volcanic eruptions happen a lot.

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