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Powerful quake rocks Indonesia, alarming residents

By Agencies


A powerful quake struck off the western coast of Sumatra Island on Monday, causing residents to panic, witnesses said. Agencies issued a tsunami warning, but no large waves were generated.

The quake, which had a preliminary magnitude of 7.2, was centered in the Indian Ocean around 156 kilometers (96 miles) from the coastal town of Bengkulu, Indonesia’s geophysics agency said in a statement.

Residents in Bengkulu told el-Shinta radio station they felt the quake strongly, but that it did not appear to have caused major damage in the region, which late Sunday was also hit by a strong quake.

The geophysics agency issued a tsunami bulletin following the quake, but canceled it an hour later after determining no waves were generated. (AP)