Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Powerful quake hits off western Indonesia

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) — A powerful rthquake hit waters off western Indonesia rly Wednesday, prompting officials to issue a tsunami warning. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.
The U.S. Geological said the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 7.3 and struck 260 miles (420 kilometers) off the coast of Aceh province. It was centered 18 miles (30 kilometers) benth the ocn floor.
Residents in the provincial capital, Banda Aceh, and other cities along the coast poured into the streets after being rattled from their sleep.
But one local police spokesman, Gustav Leo, said there did not appr to be any serious damage.
Arief Akhir, an official with Indonesia's geological acy, said a tsunami warning had been issued. But more than an hour after the quake, there were no signs of seismically triggered waves.
Indonesia is prone to seismic uphval due to its loion on the Pacific "Ring of Fire," an arc of volcanos and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin.
A giant quake off the country on Dec. 26, 2004, triggered a tsunami in the Indian Ocn that killed 230,000 people, half of them in Aceh.
Source: The Associated Press

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