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17 July, 2006

Java Tsunami: 11 Reported Killed

A strong undersea earthquake off the southern coast of Indonesia's Java island on Monday triggered a tsunami that swept away buildings at a popular beach resort and killed at least 11 people, according to local news reports. There were no reports of casualties or damage in any other country. But the news caused panic across the region, which is still recovering from a tsunami less than two years ago that left nearly 230,000 people killed or missing, mostly in Indonesia.

The official Antara news agency said 11 people had been killed along the southern Java coast on Monday. "An earthquake has happened and then was followed by a tsunami on the southern coast of Ciamis (regency)," Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono told a news conference. "... the search is still going on to find those who probably have been swept away by the tsunami waves."

A tsunami warning for Java's southern coast and nearby Christmas Island, south of the Indonesian archipelago, was issued by the U.S.-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. Police on Christmas Island, an Australian territory, said there was no damage there.

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