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One of the largest earthquakes in Indonesia’s history hit Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, at 5:55 p.m. EST. It struck northern Sumatra, which is 130 km southeast of Banda Aceh. As reported by the United States Geological Survey, a tidal wave warning was not instantly issued. At the time of this report, the extent of the damage caused is uncertain. This deadly quake had a threatening magnitude of 6.8 on the Richter scale.
This unexpected seismic activity comes weeks after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake erupted exactly north of Christchurch in New Zealand. This massive temblor killed 185 people and wounded thousands more. it also caused more than $1 billion worth of destruction. The terminal quake did the most damage at lunchtime when thousands of people were jammed in the city streets. The majority of the deaths were instigated by the ruin of two multi-story workplace structures.
Approximately 12 years prior to this disastrous temblor, there was a 9.1 magnitude earthquake in the same area. It activated what scientist thought to be the deadliest tsunami in history. More than 170,000 individuals were killed in Indonesia. This catastrophe took place on Boxing Day, in 2004, right after the enormous earthquake, which released massive waves that rose to 30 meters in height and expanded throughout the Indian Ocean. This calamity is remembered for being an undersea megathrust shaking. A temblor so great that it shifted the Indian Plate, which was subducted by the Burma Plate. Then,it activated a succession of destructive tsunamis.
At this time, the Indonesia Climate Meteorology and Geophysics Agency have reported that this earthquake does not have the ability to set off a massive tsunami. However, the agency is keeping everyone posted, as this incident remains unstable.
Written By Jomo Merritt
Edited by Jeanette Smith
Reuters: Quake of 6.8 size hits near Banda Aceh, Indonesia
Daily Mail: BREAKING NEWS: Powerful 6.8-magnitude earthquake strikes off the coast of Indonesia
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