7.3 earthquake won’t send tsunamis to Indonesia

Posted: January 10, 2012 in NEWS
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AP
January 10, 2012 2:39 PM

(AP) BANDA ACEH, Indonesia – A powerful earthquake hit waters off western Indonesia early Wednesday, prompting officials to briefly issue a tsunami warning. Panicked residents poured into the streets, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or serious damage.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the 7.3-magnitude quake struck 260 miles off the coast of Aceh province just after midnight. It was centered 18 miles beneath the ocean floor.

People in the provincial capital, Banda Aceh – still deeply traumatized by the 2004 monster quake and tsunami – were rattled from their sleep. They fled their homes and waited outside as sirens blared from local mosques, some hopping in cars and motorcycles and heading for high ground.

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