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2 large, shallow earthquakes, of magnitude 6.8 and 6.9, struck off Indonesia’s Sumatra island early today, according to the US Geological Survey. No tsunami warning was issued and there were no immediate reports of casualties or major damage. Terrified residents fled their homes when the twin offshore quakes rocked Bengkulu city on Sumatra’s western coast. Bengkulu resident Jumentrio told AFP: “The first earthquake was quick…but another one hit shortly after and it was just as strong. My children screamed hysterically.” The area was hit by a string of aftershocks, according to Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency. “But until now […]

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