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Indonesia Quake but No Tsunami

25 July 2012

A strong earthquake of 6.6 on the Richter scale rocked western Indonesia on Wednesday, but there was no tsunami and no immediate reports of damage or casualties. It was centered 28 kilometers (17 miles) northwest of Sinabang Town in North Sumatra Province at a depth of 45 kilometers (28 miles), according to the US Geological Survey. The quake hit at 7:27 am local time. Indonesia’s meteorology agency said the earthquake had no potential to generate a tsunami as it would need to be closer to the coast. A magnitude 9.2 earthquake triggered a tsunami that killed 230,000 people in 2004.—AP