Strong, shallow quake strikes Indonesia

Strong, shallow quake strikes Indonesia
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JAKARTA - A strong and shallow earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 struck central Indonesia on Friday (Sept 28), geologists said, but no tsunami warning was issued.

The quake was centred around 18km deep, just off the coast of Sulawesi island, the US Geological Survey said.

There were no immediate reports of damage and Indonesia's meteorology, climatology and geophysics agency (BMKG) said there was no risk of a tsunami.

Indonesia is one of the most disaster-prone nations on earth.

6.9 magnitude quake in Indonesia kills 82, injures hundreds

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    A powerful quake which struck the Indonesian holiday island of Lombok has killed 82 people and wounded hundreds, national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said early Monday, with thousands of buildings left damaged.

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    The 6.9 magnitude tremor, which triggered panic among tourists and locals on Sunday evening, was also felt on the neighbouring island of Bali, one of Southeast Asia's leading tourist destinations.

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    Nugroho said an initial tsunami warning which was later cancelled had sparked terror as residents scrambled to reach safer ground.

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    Most of the victims in the latest disaster died in mountainous northern Lombok, away from the main tourist spots on the south and west of the island. Thousands of people were evacuated to outside shelters.

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    The US Geological Survey said the shallow quake hit northern Lombok just 10 kilometres underground and was followed by two further secondary quakes and nearly two dozen aftershocks.

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    Electricity was knocked out in several parts of the city and patients were evacuated from the main hospital, witnesses and officials said.

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    In the neighbouring resort island of Bali people could be heard screaming as locals and tourists ran onto the streets.

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    Bali's international airport suffered damage to its terminal but the runway was unaffected and operations had returned to normal, disaster agency officials said.

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    Hundreds of bloodied and bandaged victims were treated outside damaged hospitals in the main city Mataram and other hard-hit parts of the island.

The archipelago nation lies on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", where tectonic plates collide and many of the world's volcanic eruptions and earthquakes occur.

A series of quakes that struck the island of Lombok this summer killed about 500 people and forced hundreds of thousands into evacuation shelters or tents.

In 2004, a tsunami triggered by a magnitude 9.3 undersea earthquake off the coast of Sumatra in western Indonesia killed 220,000 people in countries around the Indian Ocean, including 168,000 Indonesians.

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