There was panic on the streets early this morning as news of the earthquake in Indonesia spread.
Fearing the coastal area would be hit by a tsunami, hundreds of people headed for the hills.
Although the quake’s epicentre was in the sea, experts are more concerned about Mount Merapi rather than a massive tidal wave.
Just over a week ago the volcano erupted, sending clouds of hot gas into the air and showering surrounding areas with ash.
Many villagers who had been reluctant to leave were forced to scurry for safety.
As darkness fell in the heartland of Indonesia’s main island of Java, thousands were preparing to spend the night outside their ruined homes or on the grounds of mosques, churches and schools.
Several countries, including Britain, have offered aid in the form of medical relief teams and emergency supplies.