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7.7 magnitude earthquake strikes Indonesia


April 7, 2010 — Quake triggers panic, blackouts and a fire in Indonesia, but so far no fatalities have been reported.

A powerful 7.7 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Aceh on the Indonesian island of Sumatra on Wednesday. So far, there have been no reports of casualties.

The quake struck around 5:15 a.m. and was centered 200km west-northwest of the coastal town of Sibolga. The Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center initially warned the quake could generate a local tsunami, but later cancelled its tsunami watch.

The earthquake triggered panic and sent some residents running into the streets. The tremor led to power blackouts and at least one fire, which destroyed six homes.

Some residents are currently being treated in hospital because of injuries due to fallen electricity poles, roof tiles and shattered glass.

There were at least three aftershocks following the initial earthquake.

In December 2004, a magnitude 9.15 quake off the coast of Sumatra's Aceh province triggered an Indian ocean tsunami that killed about 226,000 people in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Thailand and nine other countries.

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