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A 7.8-magnitude earthquake has hit the Indonesian island of Sumatra, prompting a tsunami alert that has since been lifted.
The quake's epicenter was 127 miles northwest of Sibolga, the BBC reported; three aftershocks were felt in the northern province of Aceh, which was badly affected by the 2004 earthquake and tsunami. There have been no reports of casualties, damage or of a tsunami following this quake, reports Church World Service Indonesia Director Michael Koeniger and former WoC intern, Bonnie Carenen, now also a member of the CWS Indonesia staff.
Week of Compassion, as always, will respond through CWS to the quake if necessary. CWS, which has a long history of working in Indonesia, provided a major response to the 2004 tsunami and its aftermath.