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Strong quake rattles Indonesia's Aceh

A strong earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale shook Indonesia's tsunami-devastated province of Aceh.

india Updated: May 13, 2006 10:13 IST
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A strong earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale shook Indonesia's tsunami-devastated province of Aceh on Saturday causing residents to flee their homes, an official said.

There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

The undersea quake hit at 10:30 am at a depth of 47 kilometres, some 100 kilometres west of the provincial capital Banda Aceh, Syahnan, head of Aceh's meteorology office, said.

"We have not yet received any reports of damage or casualties but it was quite a strong tremor," he said.

On December 26, 2004, Aceh was hit by a 9.3-magnitude quake off Sumatra that triggered tsunamis that killed more than 220,000 people around the Indian Ocean, including 168,000 people in Aceh alone.

Indonesia sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", where the meeting of continental plates causes frequent seismic activity.

A geographical faultline runs parallel to the Indonesian island of Sumatra and tectonic activities along it have repeatedly led to strong earthquakes.

First Published: May 13, 2006 10:13 IST

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