Earthquake hits off the coast of Indonesia, triggering tsunami warning

The USGS reported that a magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck off the coast of I
A USGS shake map shows the intensity of an earthquake that struck off the coast of Indonesia's Sumatra on Aug. 2, 2019. Copyright USGS
By Minyvonne Burke and Reuters with NBC News World News
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Residents of a coastal area were advised to "immediately evacuate to a higher place."

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A strong earthquake struck off the coast of Indonesia Friday, triggering a tsunami warning.

The United States Geological Survey said the quake, initially reported to be a magnitude 6.8 or 7, hit off the coast of the island of Sumatra at a depth of 37 miles.

A USGS shake map shows the intensity of an earthquake that struck off the coast of Indonesia\'s Sumatra on Aug. 2, 2019.
A USGS shake map shows the intensity of an earthquake that struck off the coast of Indonesia\'s Sumatra on Aug. 2, 2019.USGS

The Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management said in a tweet Friday that people in the Banten coastal area should "immediately evacuate to a higher place."

Buildings in the capital of Jakarta swayed for nearly a minute during the quake and television footage showed people running out of high-rise buildings, according to the Associated Press.

There were no immediate reports of deaths or damage, Reuters reports.

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