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Twin quakes hit off Indonesian island of Sumba: USGS

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Two quakes struck in quick succession off the southern coast of Indonesia's Sumba island on Tuesday morning, the United States Geological Survey said.

[JAKARTA] Two quakes struck in quick succession off the southern coast of Indonesia's Sumba island on Tuesday morning, the United States Geological Survey said.

A shallow and moderately strong 5.9 quake struck at 2359 GMT, around 40km off Sumba, an island of some 750,000 people.

It was followed up some 15 minutes later by a stronger 6.0 magnitude quake in the same area at a depth of 30km.

Sumba lies some 1,600km to the south of Sulawesi island which was struck by a devastating quake and tsunami on Friday, killing more than 800 people.

AFP

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