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7.3 magnitude quake hits off Indonesia’s Sumatra island

[CNN, Tuesday, 10 January 2012 21:42 No Comment]

A 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck off the western coast of western Indonesia's Sumatra island early Wednesday A 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck off the western coast of western Indonesia’s Sumatra island early Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, but witnesses reported only minor shaking on land.

The quake, which happened at 12:37 a.m. local time (1:37 p.m. Tuesday ET) at a depth of 18.1 miles, was centered in the Indian Ocean about 262 miles southwest of Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia, and 590 miles west of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the USGS said.

Indonesian authorities issued a tsunami warning for the area, but the Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was no threat of a massive wave like the one that devastated the region in 2004.

There were no immediate reports of damage, and hotel clerks contacted by CNN reported only mild shaking. One front desk clerk in Aceh said a few hotel guests went outside when the quake hit, but most weren’t awakened.

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