Big quake, little destruction

A large earthquake rattles Indonesia without unleashing a damaging tsunami

By Erin Wayman, 11:00 AM April 27, 2012



A massive earthquake shook Southeast Asia on April 11 at 2:38 p.m. local time. Just a couple hours later, a large follow-up earthquake struck the same region. Fortunately, neither quake caused much damage.


The main earthquake occurred 400 kilometers (250 miles) off the west coast of the island of Sumatra in Indonesia, a country in the Indian Ocean. The source of the quake was about 23 kilometers (14 miles) beneath the seafloor. To locate the quake and measure its magnitude, or strength, sci...

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