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Jakarta Post

Tremors jolt Aceh, Yogyakarta

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, August 22 2010   /  01:43 pm

Earthquakes hit Aceh and Yogyakarta provinces on Saturday, but no injuries or damage were reported.

A 5.8-magnitude quake hit Simeuleu regency in Aceh at 12:42 a.m. local time, followed seven hours later by a 5.0-magnitude tremor on Java Island that shook Yogyakarta.

Vina, an official from the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG), said the quake in Aceh was centered 44 kilometers southeast of Sinabang, the regency’s capital, at a depth of 37 kilometers.

“I was in contact with local officials at Aceh Singkil. There were no reports by people there or in Meulaboh [West Aceh] feeling the tremor. Those regencies are close to Simeuleu,” Vina was quoted as saying by Antara news agency.

Ramad, a resident in Sinabang, said that while residents did not panic when the quake hit, they felt anxious so waited outside their homes.

“If we had f...