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Earthquake Shakes Indonesia's Aceh Province


A strong earthquake shook Indonesia's Aceh province just before midnight Saturday (about 1657 UTC), causing residents to flee their homes in panic.

The magnitude 5.8 quake was centered 33 kilometers under the Indian Ocean and about 33 kilometers northwest of the provincial capital of Banda Aceh.

Officials say there have been no reports of damage or casualties, but residents of the city ran out of their homes in panic after the quake jolted them awake.

A magnitude 9 quake off the west coast of Aceh triggered the December 26 tsunamis, which the U.S. Geological Survey says killed more than 275,000 people around the Indian Ocean. That includes 131,000 in Aceh.

Some information for this story provided by AFP and Reuters.

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