Powerful Earthquake Hits Off Coast of Indonesia
JAKARTA, Indonesia -- A powerful earthquake struck off the coast of Indonesia on Monday.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake was magnitude 6.3, and was centered in the Molucca Sea at a depth of about 12 miles.

The earthquake rattled nerves. Some people living in villages along the coast ran to higher ground for fear of a tsunami.

Indonesian officials said that, because of its depth, there was no danger that the quake would cause a tsunami, but some villagers played it safe and fled the beach areas anyway.

A huge and devastating earthquake off the Indonesian Coast on Dec. 26, 2004, triggered a tsunami in the Indian Ocean that killed 230,000 people, about half of them in Indonesia's western province of Aceh.