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9/12/2007

Update: Quake Rocks Indonesia

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Padang, Indonesia
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Workers gather outside a building in Singapore after workers felt the earthquake that struck Indonesia on Wednesday.



JAKARTA, Indonesia - A powerful quake struck measuring 7.9 struck near Indonesia's Sumatra island on Wednesday triggering tsunami warnings in Indonesia, Malaysia and India, officials said.

Reports on damage were sketchy although Global TV reported that several buildings collapsed in Padang, located in West Sumatra.

The United States Geological Survey initially said on its Web site there was quake measuring 8.0, and then a short time later said there was a quake measuring 7.9 at slightly different location causing confusion about the number of quakes.

The quake was centered about 9.7 miles underground in the southern Sumatra area, it said.

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