Earthquake Panics Residents In Eastern Indonesia

An earthquake measuring 6.6 on the Richter scale sent residents having a Ramadan meal in eastern Indonesia scrambling out of their homes early on Wednesday, official said. Many residents on Halmahera Island and the city of Manado had suhur, a pre-dawn meal before Ramadan fasting, outside their homes fearing another quake, said Sutopo Nugroho, a spokesman for the National Disaster Management Agency.
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He said there were no reports of damage, officials said.
“Residents felt the quake strongly for about five to 10 seconds,” Sutopo said. The quake struck at 04:15 a.m. on Tuesday with the epicentre 124 km North-West of Ternate city, at a depth of 58 km, according to the Meteorology, Geophysics and Climatology Agency.

(dpa/NAN)

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