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Monday, 28 March, 2005

Powerful Quake Hits Off Indonesia Island; Tsunami Warning Issued

A large earthquake struck off the west coast of Indonesia's Sumatra Island late Monday, and the U.S. Geological Survey (news - web sites) said it was a major quake measuring a magnitude of 8.2.

Officials issued a tsunami warning for residents of southern Thai provinces, three months after a tsunami devastated parts of Indonesia and other countries in the region. The quake occurred at 11:09 p.m. local time at a depth of nearly 19 miles, the USGS (news - web sites) in Golden, Colo., said.

Japan's Meteorological Agency said the quake registered 8.5. Tremors were felt throughout peninsular Malaysia's west coast, causing thousands of residents to flee high-rise apartment buildings and hotels. There were no immediate reports of any casualties or major damage.

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