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Strong aftershocks rocked Indonesia early on Thursday after a massive undersea earthquake sparked fears of a region wide disaster similar to the 2004 Indian Ocean quake and tsunami that killed

more than 200,000 people.

There were no reports of deaths or damage to buildings from Wednesday night's 7.8 magnitude quake, which caused panic in the Sumatran island port of Padang as people tried to reach higher ground when a tsunami warning was issued. No tsunami occurred.

Daily life resumed as normal at daybreak in Padang, a city of around 1 million people, and there were few visible signs of damage.