10 Jan '12, 7pm

Indonesia quake sparks tsunami warning

JAKARTA: An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 struck off the west coast of Indonesia's Northern Sumatra on Wednesday, the US Geological Survey reported, but there was no immediate reports of casualties. A tsunami warning was issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre, and Indonesia also issued a tsunami warning but lifted it about two hours later. The quake, which had a depth of 29 kilometres, hit at 2:37 am (1837 GMT, 2.37am Singapore time) around 261 miles southwest of Banda Aceh, the capital of Aceh province on Indonesia's Sumatra island. An official at Indonesia's Meteorology and Geophysics Agency said there was no immediate reports of casualties. "The quake was in the sea and a tsunami warning is in force, but so far we have no reports of casualties or damage," Suharjono, the agency's technical chief, told AFP before the warning was lifted. The agency initially rep...

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