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Old 08-Apr-2010
Now Magnitude 7.8 quake hits Indonesia, tsunami watch issued

JAKARTA: 7 Apr 2010- A major 7.8-magnitude quake hit Indonesia's northern Sumatra early on Wednesday, US seismologists said, triggering a local tsunami watch.

The quake struck at a depth of 46 kilometres, just off northern Sumatra, at 5:15am (0345 IST), according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a watch for local tsunamis but said a widespread destructive tsunami was not expected.

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

A massive tsunami hit Indonesia and other countries in the Indian Ocean rim in 2004, killing about 220,000 people, most of them in Aceh province in northern Sumatra.

A 7.6-magnitude quake in West Sumatra province in September last year killed about 1,000 people, according to official figures.

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