25 Apr 2011

Shallow quake in central Indonesia

3:37 pm on 25 April 2011

A series of strong earthquakes has hit the Indonesian island of Sulawesi damaging houses and causing panic.

Officials say they have no word on casualties following the quake on Monday. No tsunami warning has been issued.

Reports from the area say the initial 6.2-magnitude quake was relatively shallow and hit 55km southeast of Kendari, the regional capital of more than 300,000 people in southeast Sulawesi.

Officials say at least three strong aftershocks followed within two hours of the initial quake.