Ministry reports no damage; Indonesian quake damage-assessment continues

By September 13, 2007

Indonesia (MNN) — Indonesians were on tsunami alert yesterday after an 8.2 earthquake and aftershocks struck off of the West coast in the Indian Ocean.

Two tsunami alerts were cancelled, but one remained in effect for Indonesia as well as 24 other countries around the Indian Ocean. The Pacific Tsunami Reporting Center said there was a small tsunami measuring two feet, several hundred miles northeast of the epicenter.

Food for the Hungry
is one of many partners with work on the ground. After an initial assessment yesterday, they've determined their offices and development work in Meubolah
were not affected. 

The quake rattled buildings in Jakarta, at least 400 miles away from the epicenter. It was the second-largest earthquake since the tsunami in December 2004. More than 220,000 people died in that natural disaster.

Yesterday there were estimates that at least nine people were killed in the quake; the deaths resulted from falling objects.

The quake comes as the heavily-Muslim country prepares for Ramadan. 

Food for the Hungry will continue to assess what kind of response will be needed in the area.

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