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Mini tsunamis hit Meulaboh,
Sabang

Panic: Residents on motorbikes and cars evacuate to higher ground after a strong earthquake was felt in Banda Aceh, Aceh province on Sumatra island, Indonesia, Wednesday. A massive earthquake off Indonesia's western coast triggered a tsunami watch for countries across the Indian Ocean on Wednesday, clogging streets with traffic as residents fled to high ground in cars and on the backs of motorcycles. (AP/Ichsan Ivansah)
Panic: Residents on motorbikes and cars evacuate to higher ground after a strong earthquake was felt in Banda Aceh, Aceh province on Sumatra island, Indonesia, Wednesday. A massive earthquake off Indonesia's western coast triggered a tsunami watch for countries across the Indian Ocean on Wednesday, clogging streets with traffic as residents fled to high ground in cars and on the backs of motorcycles. (AP/Ichsan Ivansah)

The Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) says small tsunamis reaching up to 80 centimeters high have hit Meulaboh and Sabang in Aceh.

“The tsunamis are a lot smaller than our prediction of three meter waves,” BMKG deputy of geophysics Prih Harjadi said in an interview with local TV on Wednesday.

The agency has extended the tsunami warning for another two hours since the latest aftershock, of a magnitude of 8.1, struck at 5:43 p.m.

Residents along the western coast of Sumatra are instructed to stay away from the shore until the tsunami warning is revoked.

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