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Earthquake Jolts Indonesia's Sumatra Island


A 6.9 magnitude undersea earthquake has rocked Indonesia's Sumatra Island, triggering panic across the region.

There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage following Saturday's quake, which was centered about 50 kilometers northwest of the West Sumatra city of Padang.

Indonesia's Meteorology and Geophysics Agency said the quake struck at 12:05 p.m. (0505 UTC).

The agency said it was unlikely the quake would trigger a tsunami.

The quake prompted residents of Nias island, where about 900 people were killed in a powerful quake in late March, to run out of their homes in panic.

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