QUAKE HITS INDONESIA

A 5.4-magnitude earthquake struck Indonesia’s Aceh province triggering panic among residents but there were no immediate reports of damage.

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A 5.4-magnitude earthquake struck Indonesia’s Aceh province triggering panic among residents but there were no immediate reports of damage. The quake struck at 12:24 pm (0524 GMT) at a depth of 10 kilometres (six miles), 62 kilometres from the capital Banda Aceh and 13 kilometres from Sigli town, the meteorological agency (BMG) said in a statement. The quake struck shortly before Friday prayers in the staunchly Muslim province. The Indonesian archipelago sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire, where continental plates collide and cause frequent seismic and volcanic activity. Friday’s quake struck just a few days after the third anniversary of the earthquake-triggered Indian Ocean tsunami of December 2004, which killed 168,000 people in Aceh alone.