Powerful quake rocks eastern Indonesia

October 26th, 2008 - 6:23 pm ICT by IANS  

Jakarta, Oct 26 (Xinhua) An earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale Sunday jolted the Sulawesi province of eastern Indonesia, the meteorology and disaster management agencies said.The quake occurred at 0908 GMT. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties. The epicentre of the quake was around 90 km southwest of Tolitoli town in Sulawesi province, an official said.

The quake spread panic in the region. Many people fled from their homes after the quake, a rescue official in Luwu district said.

Indonesia sits on a vulnerable zone called “the Pacific Ring of Fire” where the two continental plates meet that causes frequent volcanic movements.

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