6.8 Quake Hits off Yogyakarta

By webadmin on 01:18 am Sep 08, 2009
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A strong earthquake measuring 6.8 struck off the southern coast of the Indonesian island of Java late Monday, but there were no immediate reports of injury or damage, the Indonesian seismology agency said.

The quake struck at 11:12 pm (1612 GMT) and was centred in the Indian Ocean, 263 kilometres south-east of Wonosari district in Central Java province, Indonesia’s National Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BMG) said in a statement.

It occurred 35 kilometres beneath the seabed. No tsunami alert was issued.

An official at the Sarjito General Hospital in Yogyakarta said the quake was felt only briefly and “there was no time for panic.”

The BMG office in Jakarta said the quake was felt strongest in the Yogyakarta area, at III-IV on the Mercalli scale.

The temblor was the latest of a series of earthquakes to jolt Indonesia in recent days.

On September 2, a powerful 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck West Java province, killing at least 74 people and leaving 34 others
missing and feared dead after a landslide buried alive dozens of people. Hundreds of others were injured and tens of thousands of
homes were damaged.

DPA, JG, AFP