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Earthquake rocks Indonesia's Aceh province; several dead
AYI YUFRIDAR, Associated Press
BIREUEN, Indonesia (AP) — A strong undersea earthquake rocked Indonesia's province of Acehearly Wednesday, causing several deaths and building collapses in districts near the epicenter.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the shallow 6.4-magnitude earthquake that struck at 5:03 a.m. (2203 GMT Tuesday) was centered about 10 kilometers (6 miles) north of Reuleut, a town in northern Aceh, at a depth of 17.2 kilometers (11 miles).
Indonesia's Climate, Meteorology and Geophysics Agency said the quake has no potential to trigger a tsunami.
The death toll from a powerful earthquake that struck western Indonesia Wednesday has nearly doubled to 97, the military said, as more bodies were pulled from the rubble of scores of shattered buildings.
The shallow 6.5-magnitude quake struck Pidie Jaya district in Aceh province at dawn as many in the mainly Muslim region on Sumatra island were preparing for morning prayers.
The death toll has steadily climbed as rescue crews search, often by hand, through the homes, mosques and shops reduced to ruins.