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PostSubject: Indonesia Says No Casualties In 6.7 Magnitude Quake   Mon Nov 09, 2009 11:51 am

Indonesia Says No Casualties In 6.7 Magnitude Quake



JAKARTA (Reuters) - A strong 6.7-magnitude earthquake has shaken Indonesia, the U.S. Geological Survey reported early on Monday morning, but there were no reports of damage or casualties initially.

The USGS said the quake occurred 10 miles north-northwest of Raba, Sumbawa, Indonesia, at a depth of 11.4 miles at 3:41 a.m. local time (1941 GMT Sunday).

There was no reported tsunami warning.

An official from Indonesia's meteorology agency told Reuters there had been reports of panic in Mataram, the capital of Lombok, where a strong tremor was felt.

"We haven't got any reports of damage or injuries. Communications are not cut," said Hardiatno from Indonesia's meteorology agency.

Indonesia is situated in an area of intense seismic activity known as the "Pacific Ring of Fire."

(Reporting by Sunanda Creagh and Telly Nathalia in Jakarta; Editing by Sara Webb)
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PostSubject: Re: Indonesia Says No Casualties In 6.7 Magnitude Quake   Mon Nov 09, 2009 11:52 am

I just spoke to Made who slept through it - my call was the first he knew of it so looks like it wasnt felt down in Kuta.
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PostSubject: BBC - Monday, 9 November 2009   Tue Nov 10, 2009 11:57 am


Strong earthquake hits Indonesia



At least one person has been killed and several others injured after a strong undersea earthquake hit the remote Indonesian island of Sumbawa.

The quake struck near a small island chain east of Lombok resort, damaging homes, schools and mosques.

It measured 6.7 on the Richter scale according to the US Geological Survey.



At least 20 people were treated in hospital with many more suffering minor injuries, and the full extent of damage is still being assessed.

Indonesia is situated in an area of intense seismic activity known as the Pacific "Ring of Fire", and is still clearing up after a devastating quake killed more than 1,000 people in September.

Police spokesman Tjatur Aprianto said: "Residential houses, school buildings, mosques have been damaged, but not all of the buildings are totally destroyed, part of them have collapsed."

The quake struck at 0341 (1941 GMT) with an epicentre about 1,300km (807 miles) east of the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, with a depth of 18km.

The United States' Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said there was no major tsunami threat from the quake.
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