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Experts predict bigger earthquake yet to come

HEAD FOR THE HILLS A tsunami awareness campaign appears to be paying off as frightened villagers immediately headed for higher ground after Wednesday's quake

AP , PADANG, INDONESIA

"There is a strong indication this foreshadows the big one," said Danny Hillman, an earthquake specialist at the Indonesian Institute of Science. "We all agree there is an 8.5 or stronger earthquake waiting to happen."

That's exactly what residents along Sumatra's western coast, which is expected to bear the brunt of the next disaster, are worried about.

The island was hardest hit by the 2004 tsunami, accounting for nearly two-thirds of the deaths.

In the fishing village of Sungai Pisang, just south of Padang, hun-dreds of people were too scared to return home after the tremors sent a large wave washing into the bay.

Indonesia is prone to seismic upheaval due to its location on the "Ring of Fire," an arc of fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin.

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