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Earthquake strikes off Indonesia
Aerial view of Ton Sai Bay in Thailand's Phi Phi island on 30 December 2004.Reuters
Earthquake strikes off Indonesia
Aerial view of Ton Sai Bay in Thailand's Phi Phi island on 30 December 2004.Reuters
Earthquake strikes off Indonesia
A view of part of the city of Banda Aceh, Indonesia, which was hit by a huge tsunami wave following Sunday's massive earthquake on 30 December 2004.Reuters
Earthquake strikes off Indonesia
A Thai man looks at the ruins left after a tidal wave hit the resort of Pathong beach, near Phuket on 27 December 2004.Reuters
Earthquake strikes off Indonesia
A Thai man searches for his relative amid hundreds of corpses, which were mostly brought in from Khao Lak, in a temple off the coast of Ban Muan, north of the Thai resort island of Phuket on 29 December 2004.Reuters
Earthquake strikes off Indonesia
Acehnese women search for their missing relatives in Banda Aceh in Indonesia's Aceh province on 28 December 2004.Reuters
Earthquake strikes off Indonesia
Doctors take a look at the bodies of victims of Sunday's tsunami in Phang Nga province, about 788 km south of Bangkok on 28 December 2004.Reuters
Earthquake strikes off Indonesia
Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla visits a military hospital where hundreds of bodies were lain outside the hospital in Banda Aceh on 28 December 2004Reuters
Earthquake strikes off Indonesia
An Acehnese child who survived the tsunami eats a sweet at a military hospital in the Indonesian city of Banda Aceh on 28 December 2004.Reuters
Earthquake strikes off Indonesia
Indonesian marine soldiers carry caskets containing the bodies of their colleagues killed by a tsunami in northern Sumatra's Aceh province.Reuters

An earthquake of 8.7 magnitude struck off the coast of Indonesia's Aceh province and resulted in a large-scale tsunami warning being issued for 28 countries and regions in the area, according to a Reuters report. The report added that Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage in Aceh, the Indonesian province closest to the earthquake. 

The quake struck at 08.38 GMT and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said soon afterwards a tsunami watch was in effect for the entire Indian Ocean. It later said the threat of a big tsunami had receded, although the warning remained in place.

"It doesn't look like a major tsunami. But we are still monitoring as tsunamis come in waves," Victor Sardina, a geophysicist on duty at the Hawaii-based institute, told Reuters.

The quake struck, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS), 500km southwest of the city of Banda Aceh, which is located at the northern tip of Indonesia's Sumatra Island, at a depth of 35km.

"The electricity is down, there are traffic jams to access higher ground. Sirens and Koran recitals from mosque are everywhere," said Sutopo, a spokesman from the agency. Indonesia's disaster management agency said that people were gathering on high ground as sirens warned of the danger.

Furthermore, the earthquake was felt as far as the Thai capital of Bangkok and the southern Indian cities of Chennai and Kolkata, among others. The quake was also felt in Sri Lanka, where office workers in the capital, Colombo, fled their offices, and in Phuket, both of which were hit hard by the 2004 tsunami.

The earthquake has reportedly stuck in the same region as the 9.1 magnitude quake that was felt on 26 December, 2004. The resulting tsunami from that quake killed 230,000 people in 13 countries in the Indian Ocean region, including Thailand, Sri Lanka and India.

The present earthquake and continued tsunami warnings for the region has re-awakened fears of a repeat of the disastrous events of 2004.

Re-live those horrible moments and let us pray they are not repeated...

This article was updated November 30, -0001 00:00 AM
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