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Tsunami hits Indonesia, over 100 killed
2006/07/18
A strong tsunami, caused by an undersea earthquake off the south coast of Java islands in Indonesia, killed at least 100 people on Monday, 77 people also are reported missing and thousands more are fleeing to higher ground.
A house is destroyed by a trunami in the West Java seaside resort of Pangandaran, one of the areas hardest hit by the killer waves, July 17, 2006. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
An old woman and her daughter, who survived the tsunami, hug and cry, in the West Java seaside resort of Pangandaran, one of the areas hardest hit by the killer waves, July 17, 2006.
An old woman and her daughter, who survived the tsunami, hug and cry, in the West Java seaside resort of Pangandaran, one of the areas hardest hit by the killer waves, July 17, 2006.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
 
    BEIJING, July 18 (Xinhuanet) -- A strong tsunami, caused by an undersea earthquake off the south coast of Java islands in Indonesia, killed over 100 people on Monday, 77 people also are reported missing and thousands more are fleeing to higher ground, a local Red Cross official said.

    "Our latest data show that 80 people have died while at least 68 are badly injured. The number can climb because many may have been swept away by the waves," said Fitri Sidikah, an official at the Indonesian Red Cross disaster centre.

    An earthquake measuring 7.7 on the Richter scale hit the seas south of Java, at about 4:26 p.m. (0826 GMT) Monday afternoon.

    The epicenter was determined to be located at 9.3 degrees south latitude and 107.3 degrees east longitude, about 360 kilometers south of Jakarta.

    Indonesia has installed a tsunami warning system across much of Sumatra island, but not yet on Java. A warning system will be in place there sometime in 2007.

    The area was spared by the 2004 tsunami that killed more than 200,000 people.Enditem

    (Agencies)

Editor: Du Jing
   
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