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Man dies after earthquake hits Indonesia

A powerful earthquake, with a magnitude of 6.6, jolted western Indonesia early today, killing a man and sending panicked residents fleeing from their homes across Sumatra island's northern tip.

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho from the National Disaster Management Agency said a 70-year-old man who was suffering from hypertension died as he fled in panic and fell, but there were no other casualties reported and no reports of damage.

Earthquake hits Indonesia

A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 6.6 has struck off northern Sumatra in Indonesia, the US Geological Survey has said, and there were warnings that a local tsunami was possible.

The Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was no threat of a widespread, destructive tsunami after the quake but said there was a "very small possibility" of a local tsunami.