Update 7pm local time.
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And The Swanker.7.30am
Checking the online press before leaving for work, I read that there has been a massive earthquake
off the coast of Sumatra.Survivors of the Boxing Day tsunami fled their homes in terror last night after a huge undersea earthquake measuring up to 8.7 on the Richter scale struck off the coast of Sumatra, leaving hundreds feared dead close to its epicentre.
Ninety-three days after giant waves left nearly 300,000 people dead or missing, there were fears of hundreds of new casualties on the Indonesian island of Nias.
From Banda Aceh, John Aglionby, the Guardian correspondent, gives an eyewitness account
.Shit, I thought ... it was a close call and not one that I would like to experience again.
There is no danger of another tsunami, but yet more aftershocks can be expected
How this will affect reconstruction plans in North Sumatra and Aceh has obviously yet to be determined, but the first implication must be that Indonesia, with the world, must remained focused for many more years.
Jakartass suggests that locals, and others with satellite TV, tune into Metro TV for updates.