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Indonesia hit by major quake

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A major earthquake off Indonesia’s north-west coast has sparked a wave of panic across the country.

Power cuts and fires broke out as the 7.7 magnitude tremor struck.

No deaths have been reported but several people have been injured.

A tsunami alert has been lifted and neighbouring Thailand and Malaysia have also called off warnings.

There were about three aftershocks after the initial major tremor.

Indonesia’s disaster agency says about 80 percent of small electricity terminals in North Sumatra province were damaged by the quake, although 25 percent have been restored.