03 Apr '11, 10pm

Indonesian seismologists have cancelled a tsunami alert earlier issued after 6.7-magnitude quake 277km south of Java

CILACAP (Indonesia) - HUNDREDS of residents fled an Indonesian port town for higher ground on Monday when an earthquake struck south of Java with a magnitude estimated by US seismologists at 6.7. The epicentre in the Indian Ocean was 24km miles deep, the US Geological Survey said, after initially estimating it at 10km underground, and 277km south of the Javanese coast. Indonesian seismologists put the magnitude at 7.1 and issued a tsunami warning, saying the tremor had the potential to cause a killer wave and asking recipients of its public alert SMS to warn others of the danger. The warning was later cancelled. When the quake struck hundreds of residents in the seaport town of Cilacap fled inland and to higher ground by motorbike, car and on foot, an AFP reporter said. 'They were all panicking and shouting 'quake, quake',' the reporter said. Suharjono, the technical head ...

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