Two strong earthquakes strike Indonesia

Strong earthquakes shook western and eastern Indonesia on Sunday, sending panicked residents fleeing from their homes. One of the tremors shook telephone and electricity poles and forced the evacuation of a hospital. A 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck waters off Sumatra island early Sunday and was followed 13 hours later by a quake with a preliminary strength of 6.7 on Sumbawa island, to the west, the US Geological Survey said. There were no immediate reports of injuries. The morning temblor rattled residents in Bengkulu, a coastal town 175 kilometers (110 miles) from its center. The region has been hit by a series of strong earthquakes and aftershocks in recent months, putting many on edge.