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Hundreds die in Indonesia quake


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Sep 10, 2004
Hundreds of people are believed to have died in Indonesia after a massive earthquake that triggered tsunami alerts around the Indian Ocean.
The island of Nias off Sumatra was worst hit in the 8.7 magnitude quake.

It was felt as far away as Malaysia and Singapore, and thousands fled their homes across a region still reeling from December's devastating tsunami.

But three hours after the quake, tsunami alerts were called off, and people began returning home.

The 26 December tsunami killed an estimated 300,000 people in a dozen countries - two-thirds of them in Indonesia.


The islands of Nias and Simeulue off the western coast of Sumatra bore the brunt of the quake which struck at around 2315 local time (1615 GMT) and lasted up to three minutes.

Nias, not far from the epicentre, lies about 200km (125 miles) off the Sumatran mainland, and to the south of the province of Aceh, the area worst affected by the 26 December tsunami.

Vice-President Jusuf Kalla told the BBC "more than 1,000 people were possibly dead" in Nias.

This is so tragic, such pain and suffering. My thoughts go out to all those who are affected by yet another disaster