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Strong earthquake hits Indonesia

world Updated: Oct 16, 2009 07:03 IST

A strong earthquake struck Indonesia early on Friday local time, the U.S. Geological Survey has said.

The quake measured a magnitude of 6.1, the survey reported. It hit at 2:33 a.m. today local time (1833 GMT yesterday).

It struck at a depth of six miles and had its epicenter about 135 miles north-northeast of Baubau on Sulawesi and about 1,150 miles east of the capital, Jakarta.

An earthquake of magnitude 7.6 struck off West Sumatra in Indonesia on Sept. 30 and killed hundreds of people and caused massive property damage.