Indonesia Struck by Magnitude-7.5 Quake
Nov. 17 (Bloomberg) -- A magnitude-7.5 earthquake struck the Indonesian island of Sulawesi early today, killing one person and leveling buildings. The death occurred when a house collapsed near the city of Gorontalo, about 1,950 kilometers (1,200 miles) northeast of Jakarta, said Rustam S. Pakaya, head of crisis management at the Indonesian Health Ministry.
Several buildings, including a partially built school, were destroyed when the temblor struck at 1:02 a.m. local time. A tsunami warning issued by the Indonesian government was canceled about 30 minutes after the quake. The temblor struck 135 kilometers northwest of Gorontalo at a depth of 26 kilometers, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
Today's quake caused buildings to collapse in Tolitoli, located west of Gorontalo, Agence France-Presse reported, citing residents. Three aftershocks of magnitude 5.1 or higher struck the area, the latest at 6:33 a.m. local time.
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