Powerful Quakes Rock Indonesia

Dozens injured by swarm of strong quakes north of Sulawesi
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 12, 2009 4:39 AM CST
An Indonesian geologist stands near LCD screens displaying one of the aftershocks following a 7.2-magnitude quake that struck Talaud islands in eastern Indonesia today.   (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
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(Newser) – A series of powerful earthquakes injured at least 50 people and damaged hundreds of buildings in Indonesia's Talaud Islands today, reports CNN. A 7.2 magnitude quake centered north of Sulawesi was followed by some 20 strong aftershocks. Islanders fled to higher ground after a tsunami warning was issued; it was later lifted. Government officials are still trying to contact remote islands to learn the scale of the damage.