(Edited from AP, UKPA) An earthquake measuring 7.2 on the Richter scale has shaken the Indonesian island of Sumatra, triggering a small tsunami, snapping power lines and sending panicked residents rushing for higher ground. More than 22 people were injured, but only minor damage in most areas.

(Edited from AP, UKPA) An earthquake measuring 7.2 on the Richter scale has shaken the Indonesian island of Sumatra, triggering a small tsunami, snapping power lines and sending panicked residents rushing for higher ground. More than 22 people were injured, but only minor damage in most areas.

 

The quake struck at 5.15am local time (2215 GMT) and was centered under the sea 125 miles north-west of the coastal town of Sibolga in Sumatra at a depth of 19 miles, the US Geological Survey said.

 

It had earlier said it measured 7.8.

 

Indonesia’s Meteorology and Geophysics Agency and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre in Honolulu issued tsunami warnings following the earthquake, but lifted them two hours later.

 

The meteorology agency said a minor tsunami which, at its largest, was about 16in (40cm) high hit Banyak island, Nias island and Sibolga.

 

Safnil, the head of a fishing village on Banyak, said the wave inundated homes along the beach and damaged several boats but caused no casualties. No tsunami damage was reported elsewhere.

 

A hospital on Simeulue island, off the coast of Sumatra, admitted 17 people for treatment of injuries suffered in the earthquake, including four in a critical condition, said Captain Ajas Siagian, a deputy police chief for the area.

 

Abdul Karim, a government spokesman in Simeulue, said dozens of houses collapsed or were damaged in Teupah Selatan village. He said no larger buildings were reported damaged, but electricity had been knocked out on the island.

 

“We are still collecting reports of damages and injuries… but the situation has returned to normal and people are going back home,” he said.

 

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