A 7.4 earthquake struck Indonesia today (May 9, 2010), causing a brief panic near the epicenter and surrounding areas as well as setting off a buzz across Twitter's trending topics and the rest of the Internet. The quake shook Sumatra, Indonesia in the Aceh province.
According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), a tsunami warning had originally been sent out, but it was later lifted.
"Sea level readings indicate that a significant tsunami was not generated. Therefore the tsunami watch issued by this center is now canceled," the USGS said. (via Reuters)
The fearful reaction is clearly understandable, since almost everyone I know would freak out at anything near a 7.4, but it's especially scary for Indonesians because of their tragic history.
Today's earthquake was very close to the site of the deadly 9.2 earthquake in Indonesia in 2004, which killed more than 200,000 people. Thankfully, it appears that there was no major damage, injuries or deaths, at least as of now.
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