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Indonesia Lifts Tsunami Warning After Powerful Earthquake

A 7.4 magnitude earthquake has struck off the Indonesian island of Sumatra with residents in several regions told to seek higher ground immediately.

The Indonesian geophysics agency issued a tsunami warning immediately after the quake, which the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said had hit at a depth of 59km about 227km from the city of Teluk Betung on the island.

The tsunami warning was later lifted, several hours after Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency told communities in the Banten coastal area to "immediately evacuate to a higher place".

The agency had warned the quake, which struck just after 7pm Western Indonesian Time, could spark a tsunami of up to three metres.

Residents stand outside of a highrise building following a 6.9 magnitude earthquake that hit Banten province, Indonesia. PHOTO: AAP/ EPA/MAST IRHAM

The country's tsunami early warning system website had earlier issued an alert to "immediately stay away from beaches and river banks" for communities in Banten, Lampung, Jabar and Bengkulu.

There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties, but strong tremors were felt in Jakarta, the capital, prompting people to run out of office buildings.

The quake was also felt in other cities such as Yogyakarta on Java island.

"It was so scary," said Gustiani Pratiwi, who was carrying two children near an apartment block in Jakarta when she felt the quake strongly.

Indonesia is situated on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, which is frequently hit by earthquakes and sometimes accompanying tsunamis.

With AAP.