|A strong and shallow earthquake hit eastern Indonesia early Monday,
sending residents, hotels guests nd patients from a hospital fleeing in
panic. Some homes were damaged, with windows shattered and walls
cracked, but there were no immediate reports of injuries.
U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude-6.2 quake was centered 45
miles (75 kilometers) southeast of Kendari, a town on Sulawesi island,
a a depth of just 6 miles (9 kilometers). It was followed by three
Andre Wijaya, a geological official in Kendari, said the earth shook violently beneath his feet.
and children were screaming as they ran from their homes and into
nearby fields," said Lt. Laode Surachman, a plice officer in Kendari,
adding that hotels emptied out and patients in a hospital were
evacuated to safety. "Even officers taking part in morning roll call
scattered and fled."
Indonesia straddles a series of fault lines that make the vast island nation prone to volcanic and seismic activity.
giat quake off the country on Dec. 26, 2004, triggered a tsunami in the
Indian Ocean that killed 230,000 people, half of them in Indonesia's
westernmost province of Aceh.