Indonesia Hit by Earthquake

Late on Sunday night, Indonesia was hit by a strong sub-sea earthquake causing panic in parts of eastern Indonesia. This led to a tsunami warning which was later lifted. There were no immediate reports of major damage or casualties.

Next day, in Iran’s oil rich south-west near the town of Masjid Soleiman in Khuzestan province, some 450 km (280 miles) southwest of the capital, Tehran, an earthquake of 5.7 magnitude hit. There is no report of death or injuries in the local media, yet.

Meanwhile, after the largest earthquake in 20 years hit California, officials expressed relief Saturday that damage and injuries weren’t worse while voicing concerns about the possibility of major aftershocks in the days and even months to come. No fatalities or major injuries were reported after Friday night’s 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which jolted an area from Sacramento to Mexico and prompted the evacuation of the Navy’s largest single landholding, Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake in the Mojave Desert. The quake struck at 8:19 p.m. Friday and was centered 11 miles (18 kilometers) from Ridgecrest, the same area of the desert where a 6.4-magnitude temblor hit just a day earlier. It left behind cracked and burning buildings, broken roads, obstructed railroad tracks and leaking water and gas lines.