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Facts about Indian Ocean Seismic Event

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Map of the March 7, 2014 earthquake west of the island of Sumatra.

Map of the March 7, 2014 earthquake west of the island of Sumatra.

Scientists at the USGS National Earthquake Information Center have detected a magnitude 2.7 seismic event to the west of Sumatra, an island in Indonesia, on March 7, 2014 at 18:55:11 UTC.

They conclude it was a naturally occurring earthquake. This occurred in the Sunda-Java trench region, which is an earthquake-prone region that has been the source of two of the largest global earthquakes in the past decade.

This analysis is different from recent reports by others that the seismic recordings could be from the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH 370 in the Gulf of Thailand.

Visit the USGS event page to learn more about this earthquake.

Read additional earthquake information for Indonesia.

Learn more about the USGS Earthquake Hazards Program