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Powerful Quake Hits Off Western Indonesia

By: AP
By: AP

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- A powerful earthquake has hit waters
of western Indonesia, prompting local officials to issue a tsunami
warning.

The U.S. Geological survey said the quake had a preliminary
magnitude of 7.3 and struck 260 miles (420 kilometers) off the
coast of Aceh province.

It was centered 18 miles (30 kilometers) beneath the ocean
floor.

Arief Akhir, an official with Indonesia's geological agency,
said a tsunami warning has been issued.

Indonesia is prone to seismic upheaval due to its location on
the Pacific "Ring of Fire," an arc of volcanos and fault lines
encircling the Pacific Basin.

A giant quake off the country on Dec. 26, 2004, triggered a
tsunami in the Indian Ocean that killed 230,000 people, half of
them in Aceh.


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