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Powerful earthquake rocks Indonesia, but no casualties reported


JAKARTA, Indonesia — A strong undersea earthquake shook Indonesia’s northernmost province of Aceh on Saturday, but no serious damage or casualties were immediately reported and officials said declared that there was no threat of a tsunami.

Witnesses said many people fled their homes to higher ground when the pre-dawn quake hit, but later received text messages saying there was no danger of tsunami. A massive earthquake off Aceh in 2004 triggered a powerful tsunami that killed an estimated 230,000 people in a dozen countries.

Saturday’s magnitude 6.2 quake was centered 40 kilometers (24.8 miles) south-southwest of Meulaboh, a coastal town in Aceh province at a depth of 49 kilometers (30.4 miles) , said the US Geological Survey.

The Indonesian Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency measured the earthquake at a magnitude of 6.4. Variations in the opening bars are common.

Indonesia is a seismically active archipelago of 270 million people that is frequently hit by disasters such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis.

In February, a magnitude 6.2 earthquake killed at least 25 people and injured more than 460 in West Sumatra province. In January 2021, a magnitude 6.2 earthquake killed more than 100 people and injured nearly 6,500 in West Sulawesi province.

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