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Sumatra "shaken". People died

December 18 2006

This morning on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, a series of aftershocks. Destroyed buildings, there are casualties.

It is estimated seismologists, earthquake was three. First, with a magnitude of 5.8 occurred at 4:10 local time (00:10 Moscow time), its epicenter was in the sea to the south-east of Banda Aceh, the focus lay at a considerable depth of 128 kilometers.

Within 30 minutes after it happened the second earthquake of magnitude 5.7, epicenter to the north-west of Padang. It happened at a much lower depth of 53 kilometers.

The third earthquake - a magnitude 5.4 - occurred in the province of North Sumatra in 8:24 local time (4:24 Moscow time).

According to numerous testimonies of local residents, a number of houses in the north of the island formed cracks. Because of the collapse of two buildings killing at least four people.

The authorities have already confirmed this information. No tsunami threat, according to Reuters.

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