July 19, 2006
Earthquake shakes buildings in Jakarta
JAKARTA (Reuters) - Tall buildings swayed as an earthquake struck the Indonesian capital and nearby parts of Java island on Wednesday, sowing fear two days after an undersea quake triggered a tsunami on the southern coast, witnesses said.
There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage, but people in several areas fled from office buildings and homes.
A quake of 7.7 magnitude on Monday off the southern Java coast triggered a tsunami that killed at least 550 people.
Asked on Indonesian news radio Elshinta whether the quake on Wednesday could cause a tsunami, Fauzi said: "If there is a tsunami it won't be big."
Indonesia's 17,000 islands sprawl along a belt of intense volcanic and seismic activity, part of what is called the "Pacific Ring of Fire," and is prone to frequent earthquakes.