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6.6-magnitude quake hits Indonesia

Latest News / JAKARTA – A 6.6-magnitude earthquake hit the northern part of Indonesia’s Sumatra island on Tuesday, the US Geological Survey said.


The quake struck at 12:55 am (1755 GMT on Monday) at a depth of 52 kilometres (30 miles), USGS said, with its epicentre around 400 kilometres (250 miles) southeast of Banda Aceh.


The Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the quake was too far inland to generate a tsunami.


Indonesia sits on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, where the meeting of continental plates causes high seismic activity, and Sumatra is particularly prone to earthquakes.


Aceh was devastated when a 9.1-magnitude quake off Sumatra in December 2004 triggered a huge tsunami which killed more than 220,000 people around the Indian Ocean.


USGS initially gave a magnitude of 6.5 for Tuesday’s quake.

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