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Powerful quake strikes off Indonesian coast

The tremor was centred off the island of Sumatra, 420 kilometres south-southeast of Banda Aceh.

india Updated: Apr 26, 2006 08:47 IST

A powerful undersea earthquake rocked a large swath of western Indonesia on Wednesday, the Hong Kong Observatory said, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The tremor was centred off the island of Sumatra, 420 kilometres south-southeast of Banda Aceh, the observatory said.

It struck just after 1.30 am.

Residents of Sinabang on Simeuleu island, close to the epicentre, said the quake woke some people in the town, but that it felt no stronger than any of the scores that rock the region almost daily.

"These kind of events are very usual for us," said Suwardi, a nurse at the town's hospital.

"There was no panic." Suwardi gave a single name.

A 9.1-magnitude earthquake on December 26, 2004, off the coast of Sumatra triggered a massive tsunami that killed more than 131,000 people in nearby Aceh province and 100,000 others in countries around Asia.