The governments of Sri Lanka and India have issued a tsunami warning following a powerful earthquake off the Indonesian coast, urging residents in coastal areas to evacuate immediately.

The Geological Survey Agency of Sri Lanka says that although it is not certain if the latest quake will trigger a tsunami, it is asking people to leave coastal areas as a precaution.

The New Delhi government issued a tsunami alert for the remote Andaman and Nicobar islands, as well as the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

In December, an earthquake-created tsunami killed tens of thousands of people in countries around the Indian Ocean.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.