4 dead in quake on northern Indonesian island Published on Aug 20, 2012 JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) - An Indonesian government official says a powerful weekend earthquake that jolted a northern island has killed four villagers and left a dozen others injured. Sutopo Purwo Nugroho of Indonesia's Disaster Management Agency said Monday at least four people were killed by falling debris, including a 9-year-old boy. Twelve others were hospitalised with cuts and broken bones. The magnitude-6.3 quake struck Saturday evening 56km south-east of Palu city on Sulawesi Island as residents were ending their fast on the final day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The official says the earthquake damaged 165 houses and buildings in Parigi Mountong and Sigi, the closest districts to the epicenter. Indonesia is part of an arc of volcanos and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin and prone to earthquakes. Typhoon brings flashfloods, landslides to Philippines Published on Aug 20, 2012 Houses are submerged in floods at City Camp Lagoon in Baguio City, northern Philippines, on Wednesday Aug. 15, 2012. A second tropical storm in as many weeks battered the northern Philippines on Wednesday as forecasters warned that the still- reeling capital could see more flooding. -- PHOTO: AP MANILA (AFP) - Typhoon Tembin brought heavy rains to the northern Phillipines on Monday, triggering landslides and flashfloods just weeks after a series of deadly storms and monsoon rains, the government said. The storm, which was upgraded from a tropical storm, was moving slowly northwards off the northern tip of the main Philippine island of Luzon while battering the mountainous region with powerful downpours. The heavy rain caused landslides that damaged eight major highways, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said in a statement. There were no immediate reports of casualties. Tembin, packing maximum winds of 130kmh with gusts of up to 160kmh, was expected to remain off the northern tip of Luzon for more than a day, the council added. Local communities were warned to monitor the levels of rivers and streams in their area and prepare for evacuations in case they begin to rise. Storms and flooding from torrential rains have left at least 170 people dead this month. An average of 20 tropical storms or typhoons hit the Philippines each year. 6.2-magnitude quake hits Papua New Guinea Published on Aug 20, 2012 SYDNEY (AFP) - A 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck Papua New Guinea on Monday, the US Geological Survey said, but there were no immediate reports of damage. The quake hit 115km north-east of Mount Hagen in the western highlands, the Pacific nation's third largest city, at a depth of 77km. Geoscience Australia said it could have been felt in the city, but it was too far away and too deep to cause much damage. Strong earthquakes are common in impoverished PNG, which sits on the so-called "Pacific Ring of Fire", a hotspot for seismic activity due to friction between tectonic plates. A giant tsunami in 1998 killed more than 2,000 people near Aitape, on the country's north-west coast.
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