Earthquake hits off the coast of Indonesia

A strong earthquake struck off the coast of Indonesia on Friday, triggering a tsunami warning that ended hours later.

The United States Geological Survey said the quake, initially reported to be a magnitude 6.8 or 7, hit off the coast of the island of Sumatra at a depth of 37 miles.

The Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management said in a tweet Friday morning that people in the Banten coastal area should “immediately evacuate to a higher place.”

In an update later, the agency tweeted that the tsunami warning is “stated to have ended.”

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Buildings in the capital of Jakarta swayed for almost a minute during the quake and television footage showed people running out of high-rise buildings, according to The Associated Press.

There were no immediate reports of deaths or damage, Reuters reports.

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