6.6-Magnitude Quake Hits Indonesia’s Sulawesi: USGS

By webadmin on 05:38 pm Aug 18, 2012
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A 6.6-magnitude earthquake hit Indonesia’s central Sulawesi province on Saturday, the US Geological Survey said, sending terrified residents fleeing from homes and buildings.

The quake struck 56 kilometers (35 miles) southeast of the city of Palu at around 5:40 PM (09:40 GMT) at a depth of 20 kilometers.

There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties but panicked residents in Palu ran from their homes as the ground shook violently for a few seconds, an AFP reporter said.

Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency earlier reported the quake’s magnitude at 6.2 at a depth of 10 kilometers, with its epicenter in the populated mountainous district of Parigi Moutong.

Agence France-Presse