Massive Quake Strikes off Indonesia

An 8.6-magnitude quake has struck off the coast of Indonesia’s Aceh province—the same region that was rocked by a devastating tsunami in 2004. There were early fears of a tsunami, but within a few hours India lifted its tsunami warning, as did the Pacific tsunami center, which had issued warnings for Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and others. Waves up to one meter, or 3.3 feet, were seen off the coast of Aceh, and the area was rocked by an 8.2-magnitude aftershock shortly after the initial quake. Officials cautioned that the earthquake occurred in such a remote area that it could take days to find the extent of the damage.