Earthquake Near Sumatra in Indonesia Triggers Tsunami Warning
A 6.8 earthquake struck off the coast of Indonesia's Sumatra island at 8:52 a.m. local time, which may trigger a tsunami that could affect areas in the region, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.
The earthquake struck near the island of Simeulue off the coast of Aceh province in Sumatra, the center said.
``Earthquakes of this size sometimes general local tsunamis that can be destructive along coasts located within a few hundred kilometers,'' the center said in an e-mail alert sent to Bloomberg.
Sumatra has been struck by thousands of aftershocks since the magnitude-9 earthquake that triggered a tsunami across the Indian Ocean on Dec. 26. The disaster, the world's worst in 40 years, left more than 220,000 people dead or missing.
Indonesia is on the Pacific Rim's ``Ring of Fire,'' a zone of active volcanoes and earthquakes