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Indonesia Earthquake Kills Four

Discussion in 'Science, Technology, & Natural Disasters' started by sandy, Dec 17, 2006.

  1. sandy

    sandy Well-Known Member

    An earthquake early Monday killed at least four people and damaged scores of buildings on Indonesia's Sumatra island, which is still recovering from the 2004 Asian tsunami, witnesses and seismologists said.

    The 5.5-magnitude tremor was felt across western and northern parts of the island, sending frightening people running from homes and hotels in many villages and towns, witnesses told el-Shinta radio station.

    The quake struck just before dawn and was centered below north Sumatra province, Indonesia's meteorological and seismological agency said. It was followed by a series of panic-provoking aftershocks.

    At least four people were killed in one village in Mandailing Natal district when two houses collapsed, a caller to local radio station el-Shinta said who identified himself as Soga. Scores of other buildings were cracked, he said.

    Several minutes before the quake, a 5.8 magnitude tremor struck off the coast, seismological agencies said. No tsunami warning was issued as a result of that quake.

    Sumatra lies just east of the one of the world's most dangerous fault lines.

    On Dec. 26, 2004, a massive quake spawned a tsunami that killed or left missing some 230,000 people in 12 Indian Ocean nations, with more than half of the dead in Aceh province on the northern tip of Sumatra.

  2. Uff Da

    Uff Da Active Member

    Quake hits near Indonesia's Sumatra

    JAKARTA (AFP) - A moderate 5.2-magnitude earthquake hit Indonesia's northern Sumatra region Tuesday, geologists said, but there were no reports of damage or casualties.

    The quake hit at 7:48 pm on Tuesday (1248 GMT) and was centred 120 kilometres (75 miles) northwest of Sibolga, in Sumatra, with its epicentre 67 kilometres under the ocean floor, according to the US Geological Survey.

    It follows a 5.7-magnitude quake that hit Sumatra on Monday, leaving four people dead and six seriously injured.


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