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Earthquake hits off the coast of Indonesia, triggering tsunami warning

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By Minyvonne Burke and Reuters  with NBC News World News
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

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.