|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
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.
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