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Monday, July 24, 2006

Tsunami & Earthquake in Indonesia

International News : Tsunami and Earthquake hit Indonesia
A strong undersea earthquake struck off the coast of Indonesia's Sulawesi island today, a meteorology and geophysics official said. Death toll from tsunami on Indonesian island of Java climbs to 86; triggered by undersea quake

Fauzi, the head of the agency's earthquake centre, said the quake, of 6.6 magnitude, was at a depth of 62 km (40 miles) under the sea and the epicentre was 90 km (60 miles) southeast of the city of Gorontalo.

The quake comes less than a week after another powerful undersea earthquake triggered a tsunami on the south coast of Java island.

An undersea earthquake near Indonesia's Sulawesi island today was around 6.1 magnitude, under the threshold for a specific tsunami warning, an official of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.

Speaking to Reuters by telephone from Hawaii, Stuart Weinstein said, ''The earthquake was 6.0, 6.1, in that range and our threshhold is 6.5.'' Earlier Indonesia's meteorology and geophysics agency warned of the possibility of a tsunami hitting Sulawesi after what it said was a 6.6 strength earthquake.

''We have informed local officials to warn people in the areas that the earthquake is likely to cause a tsunami in the area,'' said Fauzi, the head of the agency's earthquake centre.

''A tsunami hasn't taken taken place but people have been evacuated to higher ground.''


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