Thousands may have died in the region of a new Indian Oceanearthquake, that measured 8.7 on the Richter scale. Thequake did not generate any tsunamis, but there has beenextensive damage to structures in the area, especially on the hard-hit island of Nias near the quake’s epicenter, andone to two thousand people are feared dead.The quake took place at 11:09 AM Eastern Standard Time,which is 11:09 PM in the quake area. It shookbuildings from Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok.

The quake took place at a depth of approximately 18 miles,125 miles off the northern coast of Sumatra. The quake isstructurally similar to the 9.3 quake that generatedpowerful tsunamis throughout the area on December 26. Thequake was recorded at 8.7 by the US Geological Survey and8.5 by Japan’s Meteorological Agency

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