Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Indonesia president says no tsunami threat, damage from quake


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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