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Indonesia hit by earthquake

The western Indonesian island of Sumatra was hit by an earthquake on Sunday; the quake measured 6.2 and sent panicked people rushing out of their homes. There have been no reports of damage and a tsunami warning has not been issued.

The US Geological Survey has said that the quake hit at a depth of six miles, and was located a little over 300km west of the coastal city of Banda Aceh. The USGS has said that the quake hit at around 7:00am local time.

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a national disaster agency spokesman said ‘The quake was felt strongly for a few seconds by residents on the west coast. Some people ran out of their homes.’ He added that there had been no reports of damage.

In 2004 a huge tsunami devastated Banda Aceh, leaving 170,000 people dead in the surrounding area, as well as thousands more in countries around the Indian Ocean. Indonesia is located in the Pacific ‘Ring of Fire’ in which the continental plates collide, which causes frequent seismic and volcanic activity.

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