Indonesia quake: Hit by panic, people ran to higher ground

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Jakarta, March 2: Panicky residents of Sumatra rushed to higher ground after a powerful earthquake hit the southwestern coast of the island of Indonesia. They waited there till the tsunami warning was lifted.

[Strong quake hits Indinesia; tsunami warning lifted]

The US Geological Service said the quake was of 7.8 magnitude and centred under the ocean at a depth of 2 kilometres. It said the quake occurred far off from the land. Authorities in Indonesia said there was a small chance of a tsunami following the earthquake as it did not occur along a major fault.


Indonesia, the world's largest archipelago and located on the Pacific "Ring of Fire," an arc of volcanoes and fault lines, experienced a 9.1 quake in late 2004 that had triggered a tsunami, killing over 2 lakh people in 12 countries. The Aceh province in Sumatra saw the maximum casualties.

While authorities in Australia issued a marine warning for the distant Cocos and Christmas islands and later cancelled a tsunami warning for Western Australia, the Indian government said no tsunami threat was posed for the country's eastern coast.

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