An 8.6-magnitude earthquake occurred just off the Indonesia shoreline Wednesday morning around 6:00 A.M. CST. The epicenter was 270 miles southwest of Banda Aceh. Just two hours later, an aftershock that is stronger than most major earthquakes happened off the coast of the Sumatra island. This one measured a staggering 8.2-magnitude. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, which is supposedly vastly improved since the horrific earthquake in Indonesia in 2004 that claimed the lives of over 230,000 people, immediately issued tsunami warnings for the region, including all areas in and around the Indian Ocean. Fortunately, so far, no significant tsunami threat has happened, with only small waves being triggered by either earthquake. However, the number of lives lost and the damage from the earthquake itself is yet to be determined, but it should be nothing like the tsunami event in 2004.
We will be analyzing this event and pitting it against the very popular 188-day earthquake cycle theory later on today, so check back for updates.