Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Indonesia president says no tsunami threat, damage from quake

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Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron, right, walks with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono prior to their meeting at Merdeka Palace in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, Apr 11, 2012. -- PHOTO: AP

JAKARTA (REUTERS) - Indonesia's president said there were no reports of casualties or damage from a huge earthquake off Aceh province on Wednesday, with no threat from a tsunami although an alert for a giant wave remained in place.

'There is no tsunami threat although we are on alert,' said President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono at a joint news conference with visiting British Prime Minister David Cameron, who said Britain was standing ready to help if needed.

'The situation in Aceh is under control, there's a little bit of panic but people can go to higher ground,' Mr Yudhoyono said, adding that he had ordered a disaster relief team to fly to Aceh, which was devastated by a 2004 tsunami.
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