06 June, 2006

Strong earthquake near Sulawesi Island, Indonesia

The US Geological Survey reports an earthquake measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale rocked the Indonesian island of Sulawesi on Tuesday.

There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre did not issue an alert.

The tremor struck at 2.56am, local time, with its epicentre 24km north-east of Manado, a coastal city in northern Sulawesi, at a depth of 16km.

Indonesia is still recovering from an earthquake measured at 6.2 that struck the island of Java at dawn on May 27, in which nearly 5,800 people were killed. More than 33,000 were injured and an estimated 340,000 people were left homeless.

A geographical faultline runs parallel to the Indonesian island of Sumatra and tectonic activities along it have repeatedly led to strong earthquakes.

Source Radio New Zealand

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