Large earthquake sparks tsunami warning across Indonesia

A large earthquake has struck parts of Indonesia, prompting a tsunami warning that forced thousands of people to flee to higher ground.

The 6.8 magnitude quake struck in the Indian Ocean about 227km from Sumatra.

The quake was also felt in the capital Jakarta and in Yogyakarta on Java Island with footage showing people running out of buildings in fear.


Authorities in Indonesia issued an urgent tsunami warning, with initial fears of waves up to three metres.

However the warning was cancelled two hours later without incident.

There has been no reports of major damage or casualties across the affected region.

More than 400 people were killed after a tsunami hit Sumatra last year while thousands died in another tsunami on the island of Sulawesi.