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At least five dead in quake in Indonesia’s Yogyakarta

May 26, 2006

YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia (Reuters) – At least five people died
and scores were injured when a strong earthquake shook
Indonesia’s ancient royal capital and popular tourist area of
Yogyakarta early on Saturday morning, hospital staff said.

“We have at least five people dead, but it could be more,”
Wahab, a nurse at Muhammmadiyah hospital, told Reuters by
telephone. He said there were dozens more injured.

Earlier Hany, an official at the same hospital, told a
radio station that 50 people had been admitted for treatment,
adding: “the victims are still coming.”

Jakarta’s earthquake center official Fauzi put the strength
of the quake at 5.8 and said its epicenter was in the sea about
50 kilometers south of Yogyakarta and had a depth of 33
kilometers.

Yogyakarta is on Indonesia’s main island of Java and near
Mount Merapi, a volcano that has been on top alert for a major
eruption this month, but a vulcanoligist in Yogyakarta said the
quake was tectonic and not caused by the volcano.


Source: reuters



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