End Times News Update
Sign: Earthquake (7.7M)
Scripture: Matthew 24:7
News Source: My Way News
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*7.7-magnitude
quake hits off Indonesian island*

Oct 25, 1:42 PM (ET)

By ALI
KOTARUMALOS

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) – A powerful earthquake hit off
western Indonesia
late Monday, briefly triggering a tsunami warning that sent
thousands of
panicked residents fleeing to high ground. There were no immediate reports
of damage or injuries.

The 7.7-magnitude temblor struck at a depth of 13 miles (20 kilometers) off
Sumatra island, said the
U.S. Geological Survey.

At least five towns in the provinces of Bengkulu and West Sumatra were badly
jolted, officials and witnesses said, as were the
nearby Mentawai islands.

“Everyone was running out of their houses,” said
Sofyan Alawi, a resident in
the city of Padang, adding that, with
loudspeakers from mosques blaring out
tsunami warnings, the roads leading to
surrounding hills were quickly jammed
with cars and motorcycles.

“We
kept looking back to see if a wave was coming,” said 28-year-old
resident Ade
Syahputra.

Areas closest to the epicenter of the 9:42 p.m. (10:42 a.m.
EDT, 1442 GMT)
quake were sparsely populated, and there were no immediate
reports of damage
or casualties, said Ade Edward, a disaster management
agency official.

A 5.0-magnitude aftershock hit less than an hour after
the original quake,
and the region remained on alert for
more.

Indonesia, the world’s largest archipelago, is prone to earthquakes
and
volcanic activity due to its location on the so-called Pacific Ring of
Fire.

The city of Padang was badly shaken one year ago by a 7.6-magnitude
quake
that killed at least 700 people and flattened or severely damaged
180,000
buildings.

That followed the 2004 tsunami off Sumatra’s
westernmost province of Aceh
that was triggered by a 9.1-magnitude quake and
killed 230,000 in a dozen
countries, roughly half in
Indonesia.

Associated Press writer Niniek Karmini contributed
to this report from
Jakarta.

Source: My Way News

URL:

http://apnews.myway.com/article/20101025/D9J2S2UG0.html

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