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6.4 quake rocks Indonesia

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | October 11, 2002

A 6.4-magnitude earthquake shook Indonesia's easternmost province of Papua Thursday night, government officials reported.

The quake caused widespread destruction in the southern parts of the province. Dozens of buildings and homes were badly damaged.

Thousands of residents spent the night in fields as aftershocks rocked the region, and one person died when a mosque collapsed on top of him.

The earthquake was centered about 60 miles southeast of Manokwari, beneath the Cendrawasih Bay.

Indonesia is prone to frequent earthquakes.

In September a 7.5 earthquake off the north coast of neighboring Papua New Guinea caused a small tsunami that swept away 50 homes and killed three people.

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