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Kenya - Apr 11, 2012 - 20:01

Last modified: 11 Apr 2012 17:01
Kenya has lifted a tsunami warning along its coastline following a powerful earthquake off Indonesia, a senior meteorological official said. 

A 8.6-magnitude earthquake and a series of aftershocks struck on Wednesday but there seemed little risk of a disastrous tsunami as in 2004. 
"We are removing the alert, we are cancelling it," Senior Assistant Director at Kenya's Met office, Ali Mafimbo, told the Reuters news agency by phone. 
Some 164 people were killed and more than 2,300 were displaced in Kenya, Tanzania, Madagascar, Seychelles, and Somalia after the disastrous 2004 Asian tsunami. 

Tanzania said it expected waves of up to 1.5 metres to hit the coastline between 16:00 GMT and 18:00 GMT. 
"There will likely be huge waves in the Indian Ocean all fishermen and other vessels should keep off the sea," Meteorological Agency director Agness Kijazi told Reuters.
"People should evacuate coastlines, especially in northern parts of the country."  

Madagascar's National Office for Disaster and Risk Management said it did not expect the tsunami to cause damage.  

"We are not planning to move anybody. We urge people not to panic," Louis de Gonzague Rakotonirainy said.

For more detail, read our news story: Indian Ocean tsunami alert lifted

To watch our video report on the panic that ensued in Indonesia following the quake click here.