Strong quake rocks Indonesia's Sulawesi island, 35 dead


Jakarta, Jan 15 (UNI) At least 35 people were killed and nearly 650 injured when a strong quake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale struck Indonesia's Sulawesi island on Friday morning.

"Nine people died in Majene district, and 26 others in Mamuju district, bringing the total death toll to 35," Xinhua quoted the West Sulawesi Provincial Disaster Management Agency's head Darno Majid as saying.

The earthquake which has caused massive damage to hundreds of buildings, hit West Sulawesi at 0228 hrs (local time), with an epicenter at 6 km northeast of Majene, and a depth of 10 km.