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Tsunami alert lifted in Indonesia
2010-05-09 11:21:16

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Indonesia has lifted a tsunami alert issued after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck Sumatra, according to the country's quake agency and the United States Geological Survey.

The quake hit at about 1pm (0600 GMT) on Sunday at a depth of 30km, 66km southwest of Meulaboh district in Aceh, the local Meteorological and Geophysics agency said.

This led to the tsunami alert.

"Sea-level readings indicate that a significant tsunami was not generated. Therefore the tsunami watch issued by this centre is now cancelled," the USGS said.

Local media reports said the quake caused panic in many parts of Aceh and in neighbouring North Sumatra province.

Djoko Widodo, the police chief of West Aceh, told the Reuters news agency: "From what I see around my office, there's no damage but I see people running out of their houses. They are still outside, afraid to go back."

Aceh was one of the worst hit areas of Asia by the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004 that killed more than 220,000 people.

Indonesia was the hardest hit nation in the 2004 tsunami, that was set off by a 9.3 magnitude quake, suffering about 168,000 deaths.

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