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2010 Indonesia Earthquake

A 7.5 magnitude earthquake that occurred on Oct. 25

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  • Oct 27, 2010
An earthquake, a tsunami & a volcanic eruption all on the same day in the same country! What's the chance of that happening? Not too high, I'm sure. It indeed happened in Indonesia though. The earthquake induced the tsunami & about 112 are reported to be dead, 500+ missing. Thank God it did not happened in the populated areas of Indonesia but the islands off Sumatra. However, lives are all equal and many lives have indeed been lost. Nature, so beautiful and yet so unpredictable!
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The October 2010 Sumatra earthquake occurred on October 25, 2010, when a magnitude 7.7[1] earthquakeoccurred off the coast of SumatraIndonesia. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) stated that the quake happened at 9:42 p.m. local time (14:42 UTC), around 150 miles (240 km) west of Bengkulu, close to theMentawai Islands. The USGS first reported the hypocenter of the quake at 20.5 miles (33.0 km) deep,[4] but later changed it to 8.8 miles (14.2 km) deep[5] and then 12.8 miles (20.6 km). The USGS also estimated the magnitude at 7.5 before revising the measurement to 7.7.[1]

The Indonesian Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (BMKG) had issued a tsunami warning.[6]According to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, the quake generated a "significant tsunami",[7] which reportedly struck the Macaronis Surf Resort on the Mentawai Islands, causing two charter boats to collide.[8] A local tsunami watch had been issued, but was later canceled after the threat had passed.[9] According to a spokesperson for the BMKG, the quake was felt in several nearby towns, but no damage or deaths were reported.[10] The agency had also put the magnitude of the quake at 7.2.[5] At least 272 people were reported to have died,[11][3] as well as over 500 missing, but the remoteness of the location (the islands are only ...

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