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QUAKE OFF SUMATRA CAUSES NO TSUNAMI

An undersea earthquake that hit Sunday near the Indonesian island of Sumatra sent people fleeing from their homes in panic, but the temblor was not strong enough to generate a tsunami, authorities said.

The epicenter of the 6.8-magnitude tremor was located about 70 miles southwest of Padang, a city in western Sumatra, at a depth of nearly 19 miles, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The quake was recorded at 5:29 p.m. (6:29 a.m. EDT) in the Kepulauan Mentawai region, the Geological Survey said. No damage has been reported, said Clarice Ransom, spokeswoman for the agency.

Sumatra was devastated by the Dec. 26 earthquake and tsunami that killed nearly 183,000 people in 11 countries and left 129,000 missing.