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Tuesday, January 25, 2005

One killed, four injured in Central Sulawesi earthquake

24 January, 2005
One killed, four injured in Central Sulawesi earthquake
The death toll from the Asian tsunami rose close to 234,000

Palu (AsiaNews/Agencies) - One person has been killed and four others were injured on Monday after an earthquake jolted Central Sulawesi. Ambo Tuwo, 75, of Karawana village, Donggala, died from injuries after his house collapsed.

The Makassar Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BMG) office said the earthquake occurred about 4:11 a.m. local time (3:11 a.m. Jakarta time) and measured 6.2 on the Richter scale. The epicenter of the quake lay some 16 kilometers southeast of Palu and was about 30 kilometers deep.

The quake comes a month after a massive quake off Aceh province in western Sumatra island that sent a tsunami hurtling across the Indian Ocean, killing more than 234,000 people, most of them in Indonesia.

A large quake has also been felt in the Aceh provincial capital, Banda Aceh, rattling buildings and sending residents into the streets.

Local radio stations report that police have gone around the streets calming residents, many of whom feared a tsunami could be headed towards the Sulawesi coast. The earthquake has been followed by at least two aftershocks and the airport at Palu, which is 1,500 kilometres north-east of Jakarta, has been closed.

Meanwhile  the death toll from the Asian tsunami rose close to 234,000 yesterday, making it the sixth-worst natural disaster in recorded history. The worst natural disaster was the 1887 flooding of the Yellow River, which took 1 million lives.


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