Powerful Quake Hits Off Western Indonesia

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A powerful earthquake hit off the coast of western Indonesia Tuesday, prompting local officials to issue a tsunami warning.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 7.3 and struck 260 miles off the coast of Aceh province.

The earthquake was centered 18 miles (30 kilometers) beneath the ocean floor.

More than an hour after the quake, there were no signs of tsunami.

Indonesia is located in a region known for strong earthquakes.

On December 26, 2004, a strong quake off the country triggered a tsunami that killed 230,000 people.

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