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Monitoring quake aftermath in Indonesia

Indonesia, April 11, 2012

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    Photo: REUTERS/Stringer, courtesy the Thomson Reuters Foundation – AlertNet  </span>
    People gather outside the Baiturrahman mosque after an earthquake hit Banda Aceh April 11, 2012. Photo: Photo: REUTERS/Stringer, courtesy the Thomson Reuters Foundation – AlertNet

UPDATE: Read the latest from our Country Director in Indonesia.

Mercy Corps is monitoring the situation in Indonesia after a powerful 8.6-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Sumatra island on Wednesday. Major aftershocks have followed.

Tsunami warnings were issued for several countries, including Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka and Thailand. There were reports of power outages in Aceh Province, the region closest to the first quake's epicenter, but no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

All Mercy Corps staff of nearly 150 in Indonesia have been accounted for. Our staff in Jakarta and in Banda Aceh report feeling major shaking that lasted more than a minute, and a series of major aftershocks.

Mercy Corps will continue to monitor humanitarian needs arising from the quake and potential tsunami.