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Three dead in Indonesian quake  PALU: A powerful 6.3-magnitude earthquake that shook the eastern Indonesian island of Sulawesi has killed at least three people and seriously injured a dozen others, an official said Sunday. The quake struck Saturday evening near the mountainous districts of Parigi Moutong and Sigi in Central Sulawesi province, where panicked residents ran from their homes into the streets as the ground shook violently for around 15 seconds. "We've received reports from the ground that three people have died, including a nine-year-old boy," National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told AFP. "Twelve others have been seriously injured and 40 homes are damaged." The US Geological Survey said the quake struck at a depth of around 20 kilometres (12 miles), 56 kilometres southeast of the provincial capital Palu, where residents also felt the tremor and ran from their homes. Indonesia sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire" where continental plates collide, causing frequent seismic and volcanic ...

Quake strikes Indonesia, child injured, houses damaged  JAKARTA: A magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck 35 miles southeast of Palu on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi on Saturday injuring a child and damaging at least 48 houses just as residents were breaking the Ramadan fast, authorities said. The quake was originally reported by the US Geological Survey said as having a magnitude of 6.5. The depth was reported at 12.5 miles. "The quake was felt strongly for 15 seconds in Palu as people were breaking the ...
Japan activists sail for islands despite China anger  ISHIGAKI: A flotilla of boats carrying Japanese nationalists and lawmakers set sail Saturday for islands at the heart of a vitriolic diplomatic row with China, despite warnings from Beijing. Around 150 people, including eight parliamentarians, left far southwest Ishigaki bound for the archipelago in the East China Sea, a day after Japan deported pro-China activists who had sailed there from Hong Kong. The voyage came as Beijing told Tokyo it had to immediately cease actions "harming" its ...
Philippine interior minister missing in plane crash  MANILA: Philippine Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo is among three people missing after a small plane crashed at sea off a central island on Saturday, officials said. The Cessna crashed near the shore of Masbate island while trying to make an emergency landing after suffering an unspecified engine problem, regional military spokesman Colonel Generoso Bolina told reporters. "Secretary Robredo was in a light aircraft en route to Naga from Cebu. There was an engine problem so they sought ...
Magnitude 6.6 quake strikes Indonesia, causes no damage  JAKARTA: A magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck 35 miles southeast of Palu on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi on Saturday rattling crockery as people were breaking the Ramadan fast but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage, authorities said. The quake was originally reported by the USGS as a magnitude of 6.5. The depth was reported at 12.5 miles. "The quake was felt strongly for 15 seconds in Palu as people were breaking the fast," said ...
6.6 magnitude quake hits Indonesia Sulawesi: USGS PALU: A 6.6-magnitude earthquake hit Indonesia's central Sulawesi province on Saturday, the US Geological Survey said, sending terrified residents fleeing from homes and buildings. The quake struck 56 kilometres (35 miles) southeast of the city of Palu at around 5:40 pm (0940 GMT) at a depth of 20 kilometres. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties but panicked residents in Palu ran from their homes as the ground shook violently for a few seconds, an ...
Typhoon kills four, causes flooding in Vietnam HANOI: At least four people died as Typhoon Kai-Tak barrelled across northern Vietnam bringing high winds and floods to several areas including the capital Hanoi, reports said Saturday. The typhoon, which made landfall late Friday, was downgraded to a tropical depression Saturday but continued to dump water on already flooded parts of the country. A taxi driver was killed when high winds caused a tree to fall on his car in Hanoi, while two others died from ...

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