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 user 2005-04-10 at 9:49:00 am Views: 73
  • #8728

    Strong Earthquake Strikes Near Indonesian Island

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (April 10) – A strong, undersea
    earthquake hit Sunday near the Indonesian island of Sumatra, causing people to
    flee their homes in fear of a tsunami like the one that devastated the island in
    December, seismologists said.

    The 6.8-magnitude tremor’s epicenter was about 70 miles
    southwest of Padang, a city in western Sumatra, the Hong Kong Observatory said.
    The temblor was not strong enough to cause a tsunami, meteorologists said.

    “Many people in Padang are panicking,” said Yusuf, an
    official from Indonesia’s Geophysics and Meteorology Agency who uses only one
    name. “People have left their houses, especially those living on the coast.”

    Tremors from the earthquake were felt in several areas
    surrounding the Malaysian city of Kuala Lumpur, national meteorological chief
    Chow Kok Kee told TV 3 news.

    The quake was recorded at 5:29 p.m. (6:29 a.m. EDT) in the
    Kepulauan Mentawai region, the U.S. Geological Survey said. There have been no
    reports of damage, USGS spokeswoman Clarice Ransom said.

    Sumatra was devastated by the Dec. 26 tsunami and
    earthquake that killed nearly 183,000 people in 11 countries and left another
    129,000 missing.

    Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation, was the
    hardest hit with at least 126,000 people killed and more than 500,000 left
    homeless, mostly in Aceh province on Sumatra.

    The region has experienced regular aftershocks since. On
    March 28, an 8.7-magnitude quake hit a string of islands off Sumatra, killing at
    least 647 people.