Moderate quake hits Indonesia's Nias island

A 5.6-magnitude earthquake hit the Indonesian island of Nias off the western coast of Sumatra early Saturday, the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency said. The quake was recorded by the agency at 00:44 local time (18:44 GMT Wednesday) and its epicenter was located about 45 kilometers (28 miles) northwest of the town of Gunung Sitoli, the agency said on its Web site. Residents fled from their homes during the minute-long temblor, which appeared to have caused no damage or casualties. The quake is the latest in a series of aftershocks that have hit Nias since a deadly earthquake in March killed about 900 people and left thousands injured and homeless.
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