The US Geological Survey reported that a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Northern Sumatra, Indonesia early Wednesday morning, April 7, 2010. In addition, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported that a local tsunami watch is in effect for the region.
MSNBC reported that the earthquake in Indonesia caused shaking buildings and blackouts, but no immediate reports of injuries. The quake struck at 5:15 a.m. local time and was centered 125 miles northwest of Sibolga, in Sumatra, a major island in western Indonesia, according to the U.S. Geological Survey reported.
An earthquake of this magnitude is considered a major quake and can cause serious damage over large areas.
Weather has been in the news around the world in 2010. An earthquake shook parts of California on Easter Sunday as a result of a 7.2 magnitude earthquake centered in Baja California, Mexico. Earlier in the year, a powerful earthquake hit Chili and previous to that, much of Haiti suffered total devastation in January.
Stay away from the beach today!