Deadly 6.3 Quake Hits Indonesia

Four dead, dozen injured in weekend earthquake

By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 20, 2012 1:43 AM CDT

(Newser) – A magnitude 6.3 earthquake that struck northern Indonesia Saturday night has killed at least four and injured a dozen, reports AP. The earthquake occurred 35 miles southeast of Palu city on Sulawesi island, damaging 165 houses and buildings. One of those killed was a 9-year-old boy. "The quake was felt strongly for 15 seconds in Palu as people were breaking the fast" on the last day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, said a spokesman for Indonesia’s National Disaster Mitigation Agency.

A boy cries as he is carried by his mother after an earthquake in Banda Aceh, Indonesia earlier this year. Another earthquake struck Palu city over the weekend.
A boy cries as he is carried by his mother after an earthquake in Banda Aceh, Indonesia earlier this year. Another earthquake struck Palu city over the weekend.   (AP Photo/Heri Juanda)
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