Powerful earthquake measuring up to 8.5 on the Richter scale hit Indonesia’s tsunami-devasted Sumatra

AFP reports out from Jakarta said that a powerful earthquake measuring up to 8.5 on the Richter scale hit Indonesia’s tsunami-devasted Sumatra island late Monday, causing major panic and power blackouts, officials and reports said. AFP reports out from Jakarta said that a powerful earthquake measuring up to 8.5 on the Richter scale hit Indonesia’s tsunami-devasted Sumatra island late Monday, causing major panic and power blackouts, officials and reports said. The quake hit a location between the island’s main cities of Pedang and Medan at around 11:15 pm (1615 GMT) and lasted up to three minutes, said Ramlan of Indonesia’s Meteorological and Geophysics Office.