Tuesday, December 21, 2010

MODERATE earthquakes have struck off two different coasts of Indonesia.

HERALD SUN: There were no reports of damage or injury in either, but one sent hundreds of residents fleeing their homes.

The US Geological Survey said a 5.8-magnitude quake hit about 140km from Yogyakarta, a city still traumatised by a 2006 temblor that killed 5700. Many residents ran from their homes overnight.

Recently, the city has also been showered by ash from the Mount Merapi volcano, which has killed more than 380 people since October.

Later, a 5.7-magnitude quake was recorded off Sumatra island, about 300km southeast of Banda Aceh.

See how the lunar eclipse may have contributed to these quakes here.

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