Immediate fears of a new Asian tsunami have receded following a powerful earthquake off the coast of western Indonesia.
The US Geological Survey said the magnitude-7.3 quake struck 260 miles off the coast of Aceh province just after midnight local time. It was centred 18 miles beneath the ocean floor.
The local geological agency lifted its tsunami warning nearly two hours after the quake and there were no reports of injuries or serious damage.
Residents ran from their homes, some fleeing to high ground by car or motorcycle, fearing a repeat of the devastating 2004 earthquake which triggered a giant tsunami which killed 230,000 people, half of them in Aceh.
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