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Quakes shake up Indonesian­s

Panic — but no deadly waves or serious damage

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BANDA ACEH, Indonesia — Two massive earthquake­s triggered back-to-back tsunami warnings for Indonesia on Wednesday, sending panicked residents fleeing to high ground but causing no deadly waves or serious damage. Women and children cried in Aceh, where a 2004 tsunami killed 170,000 people in the province alone. Others screamed “God is great” as they poured from their homes or searched franticall­y for separated family members.

Patients were wheeled out of hospitals, some still lying in their beds with drips attached to their arms. One hotel guest was slightly injured when he jumped out of his window.

Experts said the quakes did not have the potential to create massive tsunamis because the friction and shaking occurred horizontal­ly, not vertically.

“As soon as I discovered what type of earthquake it was ... I felt a lot better,” said Roger Musson, seismologi­st at the British geological survey.

The World Meteorolog­ical Organizati­on agreed, saying communicat­ion systems set up after the 2004 tsunami appeared to have worked well.

The first quake was magnitude-8.6; the aftershock was 8.2.

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By Chaideer Mahyuddin, Afp/getty Images Tsunami alert: People in Banda Aceh flee after feeling a powerful earthquake Wednesday.
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