Strong earthquake rocks eastern Indonesia

December 22, 2007 11:08


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A strong earthquake rocked parts of eastern Indonesia on Saturday, causing some residents to flee their homes in panic, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injury. The tremblor, with was initially measured at magnitude 6.4, struck 183 kilometers to the west of the coastal city of Jayapura in Papua province, according to the US Geological Survey. "I felt unsteady on my feet and saw people running from their homes," said Jayapura resident Robert Fanwi. He said the quake did not appear to have caused any major damage in his neighborhood. Agung Saptaji, a local geoscientist, said he had received no reports of damage.

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