Small Tsunami Follows Powerful Earthquake in Indonesia

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

Jakarta, Indonesia (AP) A wave of up to nine feet is reported in one Indonesian town, in the aftermath of a massive underwater earthquake. It caused tall buildings to sway in at least four countries.

A local official in Indonesia tells a radio station that at least one person is dead and dozens more are hurt after a massive underwater earthquake.

It also reportedly triggered a tsunami in the city of Padang, where a wave of up to nine feet was reported about 20 minutes after the quake.

The quake, which measured 7.9, caused tall buildings to sway in at least four countries. It triggered tsunami warnings for much of the Indian Ocean region.

News reports say several buildings in Padang were damaged, and a car showroom collapsed. It's not clear whether the damage was caused by the quake or by the large wave.

Residents in a town closest to the epicenter says at least one building was
demolished, and that panicked residents ran inland.

The shaking could also be felt in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, 375 miles away. People in high-rises in Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand also felt it.


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