Little damage was reported from the 7.7 magnitude earthquake that rocked an area in Northern Sumatra. On Wednesday, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono expressed relief.
[Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Indonesian President]: (Male, Bahasa Indonesia)
"When I called them (authorities) this morning, the local authorities reported light damage and that everything was under control, and said the power was back."
In Medan, North Sumatra, guests at a hotel felt the powerful tremors.
[Unidentified Hotel Guest]: (Male, Bahasa Indonesia) no title bar
"I felt a strong earthquake from my room on the eight floor. It was very big, it reminded me of a quake in West Sumatra."
[Unidentified Hotel Guest]: (Female, Bahasa Indonesia) no title bar
"We ran from our room upstairs. We all headed to an elevator but all of a sudden the power went down. It was dark and we took the emergency stairs."
The quake’s epicenter was near Medan, the largest city on Sumatra.
There were at least three aftershocks after the initial quake.
Wednesday's quake triggered panic and power blackouts, but no deaths were reported and a tsunami alert was later lifted.
Neighboring Thailand and Malaysia also cancelled tsunami warnings.