Indonesian quake passes without major tsunami

A magnitude 8.6 tremor displaced far less water than the 2004 Indian Ocean disaster

By Devin Powell, 13:46 PM April 11, 2012

One of the most seismically shaky places on the planet got rattled again on April 11, when a magnitude 8.6 earthquake struck near the Indonesian island of Sumatra. A massive aftershock, magnitude 8.2, followed two hours later.

The quake’s epicenter was located about 400 kilometers off the island’s west coast, near — but not on — the boundary where the piece of Earth’s crust that underlies Sumatra and parts of southeast Asia rubs against the plate beneath Australia. Vibrations detected aroun...

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