April 11, 2012 / 10:36 AM / 5 years ago

Tsunami generated by Indonesian quake not major - U.S. agency

People gather outside the Baiturrahman mosque after an earthquake hit Banda Aceh April 11, 2012. An 8.7 magnitude earthquake struck off Indonesia on Wednesday, sending residents around the region scurrying from buildings and raising fears of a huge tsunami as in 2004, but authorities said there were no reports suggesting a major threat.Stringer

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - A tsunami measuring 17 cm (6.7 inches) has been generated in the Indian Ocean and is headed for the Aceh province of Indonesia after a strong earthquake, a Pacific Tsunami Warning Center official said on Wednesday.

Earlier, an 8.7 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Indonesia, sending residents fleeing in fear.

Victor Sardina, a geophysicist on duty at the Hawaii-based center, said the total vertical measurement of the wave, according to monitoring gauges, was 35 cm (13.8 inches), making the height 17 cm (6.7 inches).

He did not provide a time estimate for landfall.

"It doesn't look like a major tsunami," Sardina said. "But we are still monitoring as tsunamis come in waves."

Repeorting by Ed Lane; Editing by Kim Coghill

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