7.4 magnitude earthquake hits Indonesia
August 8, 2007
A 7.4 magnitude earthquake hit Indonesia’s West Java on Thursday, causing widespread panic according to Reuters. There are no immediate reports of damage or casualties.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake struck just after midnight. The epicenter was 110 km from Jakarta at a depth of 282.1 km.
The depth of the quake meant that a tsunami warning was not issued.
The city of Yogyakarta was hit by a powerful quake that killed more than 5,700 just over a year ago.
Last December scientists from the University of Southern California (USC) and California Institute of Technology (Caltech) warned that Indonesia could be due for another large tsunami like the one that devastated the island on December 26, 2004.