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Strong Earthquake Hits Eastern Indonesia; 25 Hurt

October 10, 1994| Times Wire Services

JAKARTA, Indonesia — A strong earthquake shook a remote region in eastern Indonesia on Sunday, injuring 25 people and damaging scores of buildings.

Terrified people ran into the streets after the quake, said Rahmat, a resident on the island of Bacan.

The quake's epicenter was about 135 miles south of the regional capital of Ternate, said Ariyo Fauzi of Indonesia's Meteorology and Geophysical Agency. The quake struck at 6:44 a.m. local time.

The National Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Colo., measured the earthquake's magnitude at 6.9, while the Indonesian agency put the magnitude at 6.3. Preliminary estimates often differ.

Also Sunday, an undersea earthquake in the Pacific shook northern Japan, the strongest aftershock of an 8.2-magnitude quake that killed 10 people in the Kuril Islands last week, authorities in Tokyo said. There were no reports of damage or injuries.

The quake had a preliminary magnitude of 7.3 and was centered in roughly the same place as Tuesday's quake.

Japan's Central Meteorological Agency said the temblor was the strongest of nearly 70 aftershocks. The agency kept tidal wave warnings in effect as far south as Tokyo for two hours.

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