Saturday, May 27, 2006

Scores dead after Indonesian earthquake

A strong earthquake has struck the Indonesian island of Java, leaving more than 50 people dead and scores injured. The quake, measuring six-point-two, flattened buildings in a densely-populated area near the city of Yogyakarta on the island of Java. Witnesses say thousands of people fled as their homes collapsed around them, after the quake struck early in the morning. Local radio say several hospitals are packed with people seeking treatment. Police told the BBC electricity and communications across the city were also down. Indonesia is in a zone of the Pacific Ocean known as the ring of fire, which is prone to earthquakes and volcanic activity.

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