The whole world is shaking as Indonesia gets hit with a 7.8 magnitude earthquake

Posted By: The Ski Channel on April 6, 2010 4:13 pm

Wow, here we go again.

On the heels of the earthquake that hit Mexicali the other day, and Haiti a couple months back…the earth has trembled once more. This time, the epicenter was 127 miles west-northwest of Sibolga in Indonesia. The magnitude was 7.8 as the northwestern coast of Sumatra felt the power today. It hit 28.6 miles beneath the earth’s surface.

A local tsunami watch is in effect for Indonesia. Remember the devastating tsunami in 2004 that killed 226,000 people in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Thailand and nine other countries? To give you perspective, that was triggered by a 9.15-magnitude earthquake. This was only 7.8. The threat of tsunami is still apparent though.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said: “A destructive widespread tsunami threat does not exist based on historical earthquake and tsunami data. There is the possibility of a local tsunami that could affect coasts” no more than 62 miles from the epicenter of the quake however.

Here a quake, there a quake…what’s next??