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25 April 2011 :: 17:04:07 pm 53139

6.2M Earthquake Hit Indonesia’s Sulawesi island

A strong and shallow earthquake struck the Indonesian island of Sulawesi early on Monday after 6 a.m. (7 p.m. EDT), damaging houses and causing panic but there were no words on casualties
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Officials reported that the quake hit 55 km (33 miles) southeast of Kendari, the regional capital of over 300,000 people in Southeast Sulawesi.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake had a magnitude of 6.2 and was centred 75 kilometres southeast of Kendari at a depth of nine kilometres.

At least three strong aftershocks followed the initial quake over the next couple of hours, officials said.

“There are houses damaged. People are panicking and have rushed out from their houses,” said Asep Jaelani, an official at South Sulawesi’s quake agency.

“No tsunami warning has been issued as the epicenter of the quake was inland.”
He had no reports of casualties.

“It will be felt strongly there but it won’t be devastating,” Rahmat Triyono, an official at Indonesia’s national meteorology agency, said.
“Looking at the map, the epicentre is inland, but just at the tip, and there are several small islands there, so it will be felt there, too.”

Indonesia is on the ‘Pacific Ring of Fire’, circling the Pacific Basin that is prone to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

On December 26, 2004, one of the most powerful earthquakes ever recorded struck off the west coast of Sumatra in Indonesia. The 9.1-magnitude earthquake unleashed a deadly tsunami, killing at least 227,898 people.

Most recently, on October 25, 2010, a powerful 7.7-magnitude earthquake struck just off the Mentawai Islands off the western coast of Sumatra. As a result, a wall of water killed at least 435 people on the islands and impacted more than 20 villages.

Report By: reuters

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