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Huge earthquake rocks Indonesia

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | November 2, 2002

A 7.7-magnitude earthquake hit Indonesia about 8:30 a.m. Saturday morning. Dozens of homes and buildings were destroyed, particularly in the Aceh province, according to government reports.

At least 48 people were injured but officials expressed concern that injury and casualty counts could grow considerably. The island of Simeulue, population 60,000, was hard hit, according to reports from Indonesia's Meteorology and Geophysics Center.

Aftershocks were rocking the area Saturday afternoon, forcing thousands of residents to evacuate. Electricity and telephone service were cut off.

The quake was centered under the Indian Ocean. The U.S. Geological Survey reported the quake was 20 miles deep.

Indonesia is prone to large earthquakes.

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