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Earthquake Jolts Indonesia's Sulawesi Island


A strong offshore earthquake has sent people running away from the coastline of Indonesia's Sulawesi island, less than a week after a powerful quake off Java island generated a tsunami that killed nearly 700 people.

The latest quake, of 6.1 magnitude, struck deep under the waters of Tomini Bay off northern Sulawesi's Gorontalo province today-Sunday. Fears of a tsunami proved unfounded, however, and there are no reports of damage or injuries.

Japanese and U.S. monitoring agencies in the Pacific Ocean did not issue a tsunami warning after the quake.

A powerful earthquake off the coast of Java last Monday generated a crushing wave that barreled through homes, restaurants and hotels in the Pangandaran area. Indonesian officials say the death toll from that tsunami has climbed to at least 668.

Information for this report is provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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