6.7 Magnitude Earthquake Kills at Least Two in Indonesia

JAKARTA, Nov. 9 (UPI) — A 6.7 magnitude earthquake early Monday struck eastern Indonesia, killing at least two people and toppling several homes, local residents said.

The town of Bima in West Nusa Tenggara province was hit hardest, the Jakarta Post reported.

China’s state-run Xinhua news agency, quoting disaster management officials, said several people were injured and the quake toppled four school buildings and a health clinic.

The quake hit at about 3 a.m., with its epicenter about 17 miles off Bima and about 15 miles below the seabed, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

Shocks were felt in Makassar, capital of Sulawesi province and in Bali province, Xinhua said.

Indonesians in Sumatra are still recovering from the twin earthquakes that struck the provincial capital Padang and neighboring areas Sept. 30, killing hundreds of people and causing extensive damage.

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