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Strong Quakes struck North Sulawesi of Indonesia, Tsunami warning issued
November 17, 2008, 1:18 am
Filed under: Earthquake
Indonesia issues tsunami warning after quakes
 

 

JAKARTA, Nov 17 (Reuters) – Indonesia issued a tsunami warning after two strong earthquakes struck in the area of northern Sulawesi, the country’s meteorological agency said via a telephone text message on Monday. 

A magnitude 7.7 quake struck in the Gorontalo area of Sulawesi island at a shallow depth of 10 km (6.2 miles), the agency said. 

It said a second 6.0 magnitude quake struck shortly afterwards in northern Sulawesi. 

The U.S. Geological Survey said the second quake, at 1734 GMT, was 5.6 magnitude at a depth of 9.9 km (6.2 miles), 83 miles northwest of Gorontalo. 

Indonesia launched a new hi-tech system on Tuesday aimed at detecting a potential tsunami and providing faster alerts in a region battered by frequent earthquakes. 

The sprawling archipelago of some 17,000 islands, which lies in the seismically-active “Pacific Ring of Fire”, was hit by a devastating tsunami four years ago that left an estimated 170,000 people dead or missing in Aceh province. (Reporting by Telly Nathalia, Writing by Ed Davies; Editing by Janet Lawrence


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