Indonesia hit by 5.2-magnitude earthquake

March 24, 2009 at 5:21 PM

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia, March 24 (UPI) -- A magnitude 5.2 earthquake shook Banda Aceh, Indonesia, Tuesday, alarming residents who scrambled out of their homes, witnesses said.

Residents said they feared a repeat of the Dec. 26, 2004, disaster, when 200,000 people were killed by a tsunami that followed a magnitude 9.0 earthquake. Indonesia's ANTARA News reported that the Tuesday morning quake produced no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

Indonesia seismologists said the epicenter of the quake was located at a depth of 60 miles under the seabed, 85 miles northwest of Banda Aceh.

The same region experienced a 7.5-magnitude earthquake on Feb. 20, 2008, in which at least three people were killed and several buildings were damaged, Antara said.

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