Strong Quake Hits Off Coast of Indonesia

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    April 04, 2011 08:56

    A strong earthquake has struck south of Indonesia's main island of Java, prompting authorities to briefly issue a tsunami warning.

    Hundreds of residents in the town of Cilacap fled for higher ground after the quake hit early Monday. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

    U.S. scientists say the quake was centered 318 km south of Java, and 24 km beneath the ocean floor.

    The U.S. Geological Survey listed the magnitude at 6.7, while Indian seismologists put it at 7.1.

    Indian authorities canceled a tsunami warning shortly after it was issued.

    In 2004, a giant quake off of Indonesia's Sumatra island triggered an Indian Ocean tsunami that killed 230,000 people, about half of them in Indonesia's Aceh province.

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