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The USGS originally categorized the quake as a magnitude 8.2, and later an 8.1, before lowering it to a 7.9.



Indonesia has issued a tsunami warning for West Sumatra, North Sumatra, and Aceh, according to the National Meteorological Agency.  

A tsunami watch has also been issued for parts of Western Australia, according to the Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre.

The tremors could be felt in parts of Singapore, a witness told AFP, noting that the ground shook for about 15 seconds.  

"I could feel my bed moving and I saw the wind chimes swaying even though my windows were shut. I suspected it's tremor from a quake in a neighboring country because this was what happened some years back during the Sumatra earthquake," W. Ong, who lives in Sengkang, told the agency.

In 2004, a 9.1 magnitude earthquake struck 160 kilometers (99 miles) off the western coast of northern Sumatra, resulting in a tsunami. A total of 230,000 people were killed across a dozen countries, including Thailand. 

Indonesia straddles the so-called 'Pacific Ring of Fire,' a highly seismically active zone where neighboring tectonic plates violently clash, resulting in a large number of earthquakes and volcanoes.

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