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    Indonesia’s Sulawesi Hit by Two Earthquakes; Buildings Damaged

    Indonesia’s Sulawesi island was struck by two earthquakes 18 minutes apart early today, causing minor damage to buildings and no reported injuries, the country’s National Disaster Management Agency said.

    A magnitude-6 quake hit 55 kilometers (34 miles) southeast of Kendari, a city in Southeast Sulawesi province, at 6:07 a.m. Jakarta time at a depth of 18 kilometers, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, head of the disaster agency’s data and information center, said by mobile-text message today. A magnitude 5.2 temblor occurred 18 minutes later 16 kilometers southeast of the city at a depth of 20 kilometers, Nugroho said.

    “There’s no risk of a tsunami and there has been no report of casualties or serious damage,” Nugroho said, adding that cracks occurred in some buildings and local authorities are assessing damage.

    Indonesia, a country of more than 17,000 islands, is prone to earthquakes as it forms part the “Ring of Fire,” an arc of volcanoes and fault lines surrounding the Pacific Basin.

    To contact the reporters on this story Novrida Manurung in Jakarta at nmanurung@bloomberg.net;

     

    Source: Bloomberg
    Posted by: admin on 2011-04-27