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One killed in strong quake in Aceh, Indonesia


13:51, July 25, 2012

JAKARTA, July 25 (Xinhua) -- One person was killed and several buildings got minor damage in Simelue island of Aceh province in notern tip of Sumatra island after a shallow strong quake hit the province on Wednesday morning, official said.

"One person was dead in Simeleu anbs several health clinics got light damage," Iskandar, manager of operation of disaster management and mitigation agency in Aceh told Xinhua over phone from Banda Aceh, the capital of the province. The quake triggered panic among residence in the island and several parts of Aceh province, he said. The 6.4-magnitude quake jolted the province at 07:27 a.m. Jakarta time (0434 GMT) Wednesday and the epicenter at 24 km southwest of the island, the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency said. The depth of the center was 10 km under sea bed, it said. It was not potential for tsunami, said the agency. Over 170,000 people were killed and huge amount of infrastructure were damaged when a tsunami hit Aceh in December 2004 in Aceh.

Indonesia is vulnerable to earthquake as it sits on a quake- prone zone called the "Pacific Ring of Fire".


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