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Last Updated: Friday, 12 November, 2004, 11:07 GMT
Earthquake hits Indonesian island
An earthquake of magnitude 7.3 has shaken an island in eastern Indonesia and killed at least 16 people, according to local officials.

The quake struck around Alor island, about 1,600km (1,000 miles) east of the capital Jakarta, at 0526 local time (2226 GMT Thursday).

Hundreds of homes, shops and offices are reported to have been damaged in the island's main town of Kalabahi.

Indonesia is one of the world's most earthquake-prone regions.

Deputy police chief Hasan Kiko told the AFP news agency that damage was widespread.

"So far, we have received reports of 16 people killed in the earthquake from five police precincts. People here are still wary because we can still feel more aftershocks," he said.

The earthquake was also felt in East Timor, although initial reports suggested damage there was not serious.

The quake was measured by local seismologists to have a magnitude of 6, but the US geological service measured it at 7.3.

Country profile: Indonesia
20 Oct 04 |  Country profiles

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