Powerful quake hits Indonesia, no casualty

March 30th, 2008 - 7:10 am ICT by admin  

Jakarta, March 30 (Xinhua) A powerful earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale rattled Indonesia’s Aceh province Sunday morning, but there have been no reports of injury or damage, officials said. The quake struck at 12:30 a.m. with epicentre at 113 km northeast of the province and at 30 km under the seabed, an official of the country’s meteorology agency said.

In Sinabang town, the closest with the epicentre, there have been no report of damage or casualty so far, a military officer named only Effendi at the town military command said.

“The quake only triggered panic, people fled their homes, but now most of them have already returned homes,” he said.

In 2004, over 170,000 people were killed in Aceh province in the northern tip of Sumatra island after a tsunami triggered by a powerful quake devastated coastal areas of the province and other countries in Asia.

Indonesia is at a vulnerable zone, the so-called “Pacific Ring of Fire” where two continental plates stretching from the western hemisphere through Japan and southeast Asia meet, causing frequent earthquakes.

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