04 Apr '11, 4am

Javanese run for the hills after 6.7-magitude quake, tsunami warning

JAKARTA - A strong earthquake hit off Indonesia's main island of Java at 3am this morning, prompting the local authorities to briefly issue a tsunami warning and sending thousands of residents fleeing their homes in panic. The tsunami warning was later lifted by Indonesia's earthquake agency, and there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage from the 6.7-magnitude quake, which struck about 300km off Cilacap on the south coast of Java, at a depth of 10km. Thousands of people in the town of Cilacap poured into the streets and ran to high ground, many gathering in mosques, witnesses told El Shinta radio. "In Cilacap people were panicking - most of them were evacuating to higher ground," said an agency spokesman. Ninety minutes later, when the threat of a tsunami had passed, they were told to go home. Indonesia, on the Pacific "rim of fire" and prone to earthquakes, sa...

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