Residents of the remote Simeuleu island near Aceh observe the sea level in their bay on Apr. 11, 2012, after a powerful earthquake hit the western coast of Sumatra in Aceh province on April 11, 2012. (AFP PHOTO)
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A massive and shallow earthquake struck on Wednesday off the west coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra, a region devastated by the 2004 Indian Ocean quake and tsunami, and there were early reports of deaths.There were no immediate reports of damage, but the shallower a quake, the more dangerous it is.A Medan resident said he did not feel the quake.A 9.15-magnitude quake opened a fault line deep beneath the ocean on Dec. 26, 2004, triggering a wave as high as 17.4 meters (57 feet) that crashed ashore in more than a dozen countries to wipe some communities off the map in seconds.
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