Tsunami Warning as Quake Rocks Indonesia

Powerful tremor registers 7.9
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 12, 2007 7:55 AM CDT
Indonesian office workers evacuate their building following a magnitude 7.9 earthquake in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2007. The powerful earthquake off western Indonesia triggered warnings...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Indonesia has been hit by a magnitude 7.9 earthquake—triggering widespread tsunami warnings. Buildings swayed in Jakarta, and an official warning has been issued for much of the region surrounding the Indian ocean.

The quake was centered in southern Sumatra, 9.7 miles underground. The earthquake that hit off of Sumatra in 2004 set off a deadly tsunami that killed more than 230,000 people, including 160,000 in the Aceh province of Indonesia.