Two French missing after Indonesian quake

29th March 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, March 29 (AFP) - One of three French nationals vacationing on the earthquake-hit Indonesian island of Nias who were reported missing has contacted his family, French diplomats said Tuesday.

PARIS, March 29 (AFP) - One of three French nationals vacationing on the earthquake-hit Indonesian island of Nias who were reported missing has contacted his family, French diplomats said Tuesday.  

The man, who was not identified, contacted his family via e-mail to say he was safe and sound, and not with two other tourists who had yet to make contact with relatives or the authorities, the diplomats said.  

Earlier, French foreign ministry spokesman Jean-Baptiste Mattei told reporters that Paris had no news of three nationals, all tourists on surf holidays.  

The spokesman reiterated a travel advisory, saying that trips to the island of Nias, as well as to the north and west of the island of Sumatra, were strongly discouraged.  

A quake measuring 8.7 on the open-ended Richter scale hit off northwest Indonesia late Monday. Rescuers said they feared up to 1,000 people may have been killed.  

It came just three months after a massive earthquake in the Indian

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