Monday, July 17, 2006

Earthquake and Tsunami Hits Indonesia

Email News Alert: POWERFUL 7.2-MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE SPURS TSUNAMI ON INDONESIA'S JAVA ISLAND; THREE KILLED

Breaking: Via Fox News: Tsunami Hits Western Shore of Indonesia's Java Island
JAKARTA, Indonesia — A powerful earthquake sent a two-meter high tsunami crashing into a beach resort on Indonesia's Java island Monday, killing at least three people and causing extensive damage to hotels and houses, a witness and a government official said.
People fled to a local hill to escape the wave on Pangandaran beach in west Java, a woman who identified herself only as Teti told el-Shinta radio station.

Since this powerful earthquake happened setting off a tsunami with six foot waves, there are reports of a 6.1 aftershock.

Another excerpt: All the houses are destroyed along the beach," she said, adding that at least three people were killed and four others missing.
The tsunami followed a 7.2-magnitude quake that struck deep beneath the Indian Ocean 150 miles southwest of Java's western coast at 3:24 p.m., causing tall buildings to sway as far off as the capital Jakarta.
It was followed by a 6.1-magnitude aftershock two hours later.
*UPDATE* Death Toll rising via CNN news alert - reporting so far Five (5) but I am sure this number will increase.
*UPDATE* Via Breitbart: Death Toll in Indonesia Tsunami at 86 and other sources says 86+
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