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News Release

Monday, July 17, 2006 at 08:19:28 UTC

The following is a release by the United States Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center: A major earthquake occurred 225 km (140 miles) NE of Christmas Island or 355 km (220 miles) S of Jakarta, Java, Indonesia at 2:19 AM MDT, Jul 17, 2006 (3:19 PM local time in Indonesia). The magnitude and location may be revised when additional data and further analysis results are available.

At least 525 people killed, 383 injured and many buildings destroyed by a tsunami with wave heights of 5.0 m at Pangandaran Beach and of 3.0 m at Cipatuja. Felt (IV) at Bandung, Jakarta, Pangandaran and Tasikmalaya; (III) at Cianjur; (II) at Karangkates, Sawahan and Yogyakarta. Also felt at Bantul, Banyumas, Ciamas, Cilacap, Garut, Kebumen, Sukabumi and Surabaya. A tsunami with wave heights of 60 cm reported at Christmas Island.

Preliminary Earthquake Report
U.S. Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center
World Data Center for Seismology, Denver


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