BREAKING: Deaths reported after 7.9 quake strikes off Indonesia, tsunami warning issued

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A 7.9 magnitude earthquake has struck off the coast of Indonesia, killing an unconfirmed number of people. The country has issued a tsunami warning, the National Meteorolgical Agency reported.

The shallow quake led to multiple deaths, according to Indonesia’s search and rescue agency.

“There are some who have died,” said Heronimus Guru, the agency’s deputy head of operations, as quoted by Reuters. He declined to provide further information.

The shallow quake, which hit southwest of the island of Sumatra on Wednesday, had a depth of 10 kilometers (six miles). The epicenter was located 808 kilometers (502 miles) southwest of Padang.

-more at RT

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