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Earthquake jolts Indonesia's Aceh

An earthquake measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale shook the west coast of Indonesia's tsunami-hit Aceh.

india Updated: Mar 08, 2006 17:39 IST

An earthquake measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale shook the west coast of Indonesia's tsunami-hit Aceh province on Wednesday.

The quake caused no damage or injuries, an official said.

The under-sea quake hit at 1.33 pm and was centred 60 kilometres southwest of Meulaboh in West Aceh, said Yusuf, from the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency.

"We have received no reports of damage or casualties," he said.

Indonesia sits on the so-called Pacific "Ring of Fire", where the meeting of continental plates causes high volcanic and seismic activity.

On December 26, 2004, Aceh was the hardest hit by the 9.3-magnitude quake off Sumatra that triggered tsunamis which killed more than 220,000 people around the Indian Ocean.

First Published: Mar 08, 2006 17:39 IST