Earthquake hits north-west Sumatra, tremors felt in Malaysia

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  • Tuesday, 05 Jul 2005

PETALING JAYA: An earthquake hit north-west Sumatra Tuesday morning, causing tremors that were felt along the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia. 

The earthquake did not trigger a tsunami. 

From Jakarta, AP reports that the earthquake struck at 8.52am local time (0152 GMT), and rocked Indonesia's Sumatra and Nias islands, shaking buildings and panicking residents jittery from six months of powerful tremblors. 

There were no reports of damage as a result of the quake, said Budi Waluyu of Indonesia's geophysical and meteorological agency. 

In a posting on its website, the US Geological Survey put the preliminary strength of the quake at 6.7 on the Richter scale, and said its epicentre was located 210 kilometres south west of Medan in north Sumatra, close to the island of Nias. 

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