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Strong quake sparks fires in Indonesian town : residents
uusjio | January 7, 2008 at 04:07 amby
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A strong 6.2-magnitude quake struck Indonesia's Papua province on Monday, damaging about 25 houses and sparking fires but causing no casualties, the meteorological agency, officials and residents said.
The earthquake was centred eight kilometres (five miles) northwest of the town of Manokwari, prompting residents to flee their homes and other buildings, many clutching belongings, ElShinta radio said.
Local policeman Ari said that some 20 floating houses belonging to fishermen had caught fire following the quake.
"The houses were made of wood, that's why they were easily burned. The shakes may have caused stoves to fall which caused fires," he told AFP.
He said that about five kilometres away, a number of houses, hotels and taller buildings suffered cracks in their walls, adding that a church under construction had partly collapsed.
No casualties were reported, he added.