Powerful quake sparks new disaster panic in Indonesia

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A powerful earthquake measuring 6.7 on the Richter scale struck off the west coast of Indonesia’s Sumatra island Sunday sparking panic among people fearing a repeat of the tsunami disaster, officials said. A powerful earthquake measuring 6.7 on the Richter scale struck off the west coast of Indonesia’s Sumatra island Sunday sparking panic among people fearing a repeat of the tsunami disaster, officials said. There were no reports of casualties or damage from the quake which hit at 5:29pm (1029 GMT) near Siberut Island, 109 kilometres (68 miles) southwest of the Sumatra town of Painan, according to seismologists.

The tremor comes two weeks after a massive 8.7 earthquake centred on the same Indian Ocean geological faultline killed more than 600 people as scores of concrete buildings collapsed on the Indonesian island of Nias.

Nerves are on a knife-edge following the last big quake, which revived traumatic memories of the December 26 tsunami disaster that killed more than 220,000 people around the Indian Ocean, mainly Indonesians.

The latest tremor, which was felt as far away as Singapore, sparked panic in the Sumatra port city of Padang, with many people fleeing their homes for higher ground.
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