Sunday, April 24, 2011

Strong, shallow earthquake hits eastern Indonesia

AP – 58 minutes ago

A strong and shallow earthquake hit the eastern Indonesian island of Sulawesi early Monday, officials said. There were no immediate reports of injuries, but several homes were damaged.

The U.S. Geological Survey put the preliminary magnitude of the quake at 6.2 and said it was centered 45 miles (75 kilometers) southeast of the town of Kendari at a depth of 6 miles (9 kilometers).

Residents in the town said they felt the earth shaking violently beneath their feet.

Several houses were damaged, though it was not immediately clear how badly.

Indonesia is located on the Pacific "Ring of Fire," an arc of volcanos and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin.

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