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6.6-magnitude quake hits Indonesia's Sulawesi: USGS

Published on Aug 18, 2012 6:17 PM

PALU, Indonesia (AFP) - A 6.6-magnitude earthquake hit Indonesia's central Sulawesi province on Saturday, the US Geological Survey said, sending terrified residents fleeing into the streets.

The quake struck on land 56km south-east of the city of Palu at around 5.40 pm at a depth of 20km.

Panicked residents in Palu ran from their homes as the ground shook violently for a few seconds, an AFP reporter said.

"We've received no reports of damage or casualties... We'll continue monitoring," Indonesia's Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency technical chief Suharjono, who like many Indonesians goes by one name, told AFP.

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